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SWEET BRIAR<br />

COLLEGE


Dear <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> alumnae and friends,<br />

It was a busy spring and summer here at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, where our faculty and staff<br />

diligently developed an almost entirely new curriculum and new course descriptions.<br />

I could not be more proud of what they accomplished and can’t wait to see their hard<br />

work put into practice.<br />

As we launched our first-ever three-week intensive session, more than half of the<br />

student body took the first course in our leadership core, Design Thinking, meaning that<br />

not only did all of our first-year students take it, but about 60 of our upperclasswomen<br />

chose to transition to the core, as well. They are just as excited as we are to see where our<br />

innovative curriculum leads. You can learn more about our Design Thinking course on<br />

page 6.<br />

The rest of our students took courses in a variety of topics — from business negotiation<br />

to the love story; from smartphone photography to the ways in which the ancient<br />

world can provide solutions to contemporary problems. I was able to teach my first class<br />

at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> during the session and I was pleased — though not at all surprised — by<br />

the thoughtful discussions we had. I expect nothing less from the intelligent and insightful<br />

young women who make up our student body.<br />

Like the academic faculty and staff, the alumnae relations and development staff had<br />

a busy summer. Their hard work — and your generosity — led to another successful<br />

year of fundraising, exceeding the <strong>College</strong>’s goal for the third year in a row with a total of<br />

$18.4 million in gifts and pledges. My second Reunion was just as wonderful as the first,<br />

with more than 300 alumnae on campus remembering their college days and celebrating<br />

successes — their own and <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s. You can see pictures from Reunion on page 18.<br />

On page 10, you’ll read a story by guest author Repps Hudson, the brother of Ginnie<br />

Toone ’53, who enjoyed a road trip to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> from St. Louis to attend Reunion.<br />

As summer came to an end, dozens of alumnae came to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> to clean, weed,<br />

paint and more, getting our beautiful campus ready to greet our new and returning<br />

students.<br />

In the life of a college, we often talk about the end of the year, commencement, as being<br />

a time of new beginnings. And of course it is. But the start of a school year is also a time<br />

of renewal. For <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, that is especially true this year.<br />

While there is much new about the <strong>College</strong>, there is much that remains true to her<br />

heritage. It’s still a place where women of grit, courage and consequence come to learn<br />

and build a foundation that will lead them into the future. It is still a community that<br />

supports its members while also encouraging them to take risks and seek out new experiences.<br />

Thank you for being part of our community.<br />

Sincerely,<br />

Meredith Woo


<strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2018</strong>, Vol. 88, No. 2<br />

This magazine aims to present interesting and<br />

thought-provoking news about the <strong>College</strong><br />

and its alumnae. Publication of the material<br />

does not indicate endorsement of the author’s<br />

viewpoint by the <strong>College</strong>. We reserve the<br />

right to edit and revise all material that we<br />

accept for publication. If you have a story idea<br />

or content to submit for publication, contact<br />

the editor, Amy Ostroth, at aostroth@sbc.edu.<br />

<strong>Magazine</strong> Staff<br />

Amy Ostroth, Editor<br />

Clélie Steckel, Director of Annual Giving and<br />

the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund<br />

SilverLining Design, Lead Design<br />

Cassie Foster Evans, Photographer<br />

Contributors: Janika Carey ’10, Jane Dure<br />

’82, Fran McClung Ferguson ‘80, Clara Barton<br />

Green ‘89, Alex Grobman ‘12, Repps Hudson,<br />

Phyllis Watt Jordan ’80, Maggie Saylor<br />

Patrick ‘07, Suzanne Ramsey, Gracie Tredwell<br />

Schild ‘82, Jenn Wiley Schmidt ‘06, Sybil Slate<br />

Contact Information<br />

Office of Communications<br />

P.O. Box 1052<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, VA 24595<br />

434-381-6262<br />

Office of Alumnae Relations and<br />

Development<br />

P.O. Box 1057<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, VA 24595<br />

800-381-6131<br />

Parents of Alumnae<br />

If this magazine is addressed to a daughter<br />

who no longer maintains a permanent<br />

address at your home, please email us at<br />

alumnae@sbc.edu with her new address.<br />

Thank you!<br />

Find <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Online<br />

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MAGAZINE<br />

CONTENTS<br />

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6<br />

10<br />

12<br />

26<br />

28<br />

32<br />

40<br />

The Arts at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong><br />

The arts at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> are going strong. Learn about the Center for Creativity,<br />

Design and the Arts and get to know the center’s director, Carrie Brown.<br />

Learning by Design<br />

The <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s Leadership Core Curriculum got started this fall with<br />

CORE 110: Design Thinking.<br />

Ginnie Toone ’53: On the Road to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

Ginnie Toone and her brother, Repps Hudson, took a road trip to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

this summer to be on campus for her 65th Reunion.<br />

Outstanding Alumna Karen Hartnett ’70<br />

At Reunion Convocation, Karen Hartnett was recognized for her dedicated<br />

service to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87: Charting a Fierce Legacy<br />

Teresa Pike Tomlinson completed her service as chairwoman of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

<strong>College</strong> Board of Directors this summer. We asked her about her <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> story.<br />

Makayla Benjamin ’18: Riding Forward<br />

Makayla Benjamin became <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s first Cacchione Cup winner this year.<br />

Dorothy Venter ’35<br />

Dorothy Venter shares her memories of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

In Memoriam: Lincoln Brower<br />

Renowned monarch butterfly expert and <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> faculty member dies, but<br />

his legacy lives on.<br />

DEPARTMENTS<br />

14<br />

On the Quad<br />

38<br />

Alumnae<br />

43<br />

Briefs<br />

35 Giving 42 In Memoriam<br />

Class Notes


THE ARTS<br />

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COLLEGE<br />

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The arts have long been a part of the culture at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

From its earliest days, students took music and drawing classes<br />

to supplement their required classes in English, languages,<br />

history, philosophy and mathematics.<br />

The arts are no less a part of the <strong>College</strong> today. In acknowledgment<br />

of their importance, both in their own right and as<br />

part of a comprehensive liberal arts education, President Meredith<br />

Woo announced last fall that one of the <strong>College</strong>’s new<br />

centers of excellence would be devoted to the arts: The Center<br />

for Creativity, Design and the Arts. Longtime faculty member<br />

and author Carrie Brown serves as the center’s director.<br />

Brown notes that the center is a natural extension and<br />

expansion of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s ongoing commitment to the arts<br />

as a critical part of a liberal arts education and to the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

commitment to interdisciplinary learning. “We want to<br />

encourage students to think broadly about creative experience,<br />

discovering how art and the making of art — often a<br />

problem-solving experience in its own right —positions them<br />

to become leaders, advocates and innovators in a variety of<br />

realms.”<br />

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Students from across the curriculum<br />

— no matter their program of study —<br />

benefit particularly from the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

relationship with the Virginia Center<br />

for the Creative Arts, one of the nation’s<br />

largest residential artists’ communities.<br />

Minutes away on <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s sister<br />

land of Mount San Angelo, VCCA<br />

hosts more than 400 fellows a year from<br />

around the world, artists with honors<br />

ranging from the MacArthur Fellowship<br />

and the National Book Award<br />

to the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships<br />

from the National Endowment for the<br />

Arts, the American Academy in Rome,<br />

the Guggenheim Foundation and the<br />

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among<br />

others. Last spring, Brown launched a<br />

series of salons featuring fellows from<br />

the VCCA. The fellows visit campus for<br />

readings or to present or perform their<br />

work to members of the campus community<br />

— faculty, staff and students<br />

alike. Not only do these events add to<br />

the cultural experiences available at the<br />

<strong>College</strong>, but they also give students a<br />

chance to learn directly from working<br />

artists. Those events will continue<br />

throughout the <strong>2018</strong>-2019 academic<br />

year.<br />

In spring 2019, the center also will<br />

launch an interdisciplinary section of<br />

the Expression and the Arts course in<br />

the leadership core curriculum to be<br />

taught by a cross-genre team of fellows<br />

from VCCA. “We’ve begun reviewing<br />

the applications and are delighted by<br />

the overwhelming number of artists<br />

who want to participate in the fellowships,<br />

as well as by the thrilling range of<br />

exciting proposals,” Brown says. “We’re<br />

very grateful to our partners at VCCA<br />

for helping to make this truly unique<br />

opportunity available to students.”<br />

The idea of creativity at the <strong>College</strong><br />

is broad and shelters a wide range of<br />

creative endeavors under its umbrella.<br />

This fall, for example, Medford Taylor<br />

taught a class in smartphone photography<br />

during the <strong>College</strong>’s initial threeweek<br />

session, teaching students to use<br />

the tools in their pockets as a vehicle for<br />

creative expression. One of the courses<br />

in the <strong>College</strong>’s leadership core curriculum,<br />

The Mindful Writer, encourages<br />

students to use their creative inspiration<br />

to write in the range of rhetorical styles<br />

found in The New Yorker magazine.<br />

In October, New Yorker staff writer<br />

Rebecca Mead visited campus to give<br />

students an inside look at the workings<br />

of the magazine.<br />

Teaching students to exercise their<br />

creative talents in a broad range of<br />

pursuits, Brown believes, will help them<br />

become more empathetic leaders and<br />

problem-solvers, but also more elastic<br />

ones, comfortable with and confident<br />

about thinking in original ways. She’d<br />

also like to see the <strong>College</strong>’s arts curriculum<br />

become more engaged in the<br />

future with public service and policy.<br />

“I’d like to see <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> students<br />

who don’t necessarily arrive on campus<br />

thinking of themselves as creative<br />

people to leave [campus] deeply valuing<br />

the arts and their own creative impulses<br />

and experiences, whatever their chosen<br />

profession,” she says. “My hope is that<br />

the arts curriculum at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> will<br />

be a significant piece of educating more<br />

innovative, flexible, exciting and excited<br />

thinkers.”<br />

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THE ARTS<br />

GETTING TO KNOW<br />

CARRIE<br />

BROWN<br />

Brown is the author of seven acclaimed<br />

novels, most recently “The Stargazer’s<br />

Sister,” which won the Library of Virginia’s<br />

2017 People’s Choice Award — and<br />

a collection of short stories. She has<br />

won many awards, including a National<br />

Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the<br />

Barnes and Noble Discover Award, the<br />

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for work<br />

by an American woman writer, the<br />

Great Lakes Book Award and, twice,<br />

the Library of Virginia Award for fiction.<br />

Her short fiction and essays have appeared<br />

in many journals, including Tin<br />

House, The Southern Review, One Story,<br />

Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review<br />

and The Oxford American.<br />

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When President Meredith Woo<br />

launched the <strong>College</strong>’s centers of<br />

excellence, she knew they would need<br />

talented and dedicated leaders. It is perhaps<br />

no surprise, then, that she tapped<br />

longtime faculty member Carrie Brown<br />

as director of the Center for Creativity,<br />

Design and the Arts.<br />

Brown grew up in New England, but<br />

because of her father’s job, she also<br />

spent some of her childhood in England<br />

and Hong Kong. She attended<br />

Brown University as an undergraduate<br />

and completed her Master of Fine Arts<br />

degree at the University of Virginia.<br />

She’s now lived at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> longer<br />

than she’s lived anywhere else, and her<br />

work as a novelist is rooted on the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

campus. She worked as a journalist<br />

for many years but began seriously<br />

writing fiction when her husband —<br />

John Gregory Brown, director of <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong>’s English and creative writing program<br />

— accepted a job at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> in<br />

1994. Brown published her first novel,<br />

“Rose’s Garden,” four years later.<br />

Though her first novel didn’t appear<br />

until 1998, she actually wrote her first<br />

fiction in middle school, when she and<br />

her classmates were given an assignment<br />

(“Not a very imaginative one, I might<br />

add,” she says) to record the events of<br />

their daily lives in a journal. “My daily<br />

life was pretty dull,” Brown admits, “and<br />

before long I began to make things up<br />

in order to liven up my entries. This<br />

made the assignment far more entertaining<br />

for me, but my anecdotes grew<br />

increasingly dramatic, and eventually<br />

my parents were called in to school, and<br />

my imaginative excesses were discovered.<br />

Now everyone in my family thinks<br />

that’s a funny story, which I suppose it<br />

is — I made up some pretty outlandish<br />

stuff — but in some ways, even though<br />

I’d always loved books, it was also my<br />

first serious taste of the pleasure of<br />

invention. I’ve wanted to be a writer<br />

ever since.”<br />

That long-ago assignment may have<br />

seemed boring to the young Brown,<br />

but she seems to have taken the idea to<br />

heart, perhaps helped along by some<br />

advice Henry James once gave to an<br />

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THE ARTS<br />

Carrie Brown teaching “The Love Story,” one of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s fall <strong>2018</strong> three-week courses<br />

aspiring writer, and which she cherishes:<br />

“Try to be one on whom nothing<br />

is lost.” Now, daily life often provides<br />

the inspiration for her writing. For<br />

example, the idea for “The Stargazer’s<br />

Sister” came while she was listening to<br />

a radio program about 19th-century<br />

astronomer William Herschel and his<br />

sister, Caroline, who was not only his<br />

assistant, but also made some of her<br />

own important astronomical discoveries.<br />

Although it took several years to<br />

write the novel after hearing the story, “I<br />

could never shake the sense that there<br />

was something extraordinary there,” she<br />

says. She’s also inspired by the ordinary<br />

people she sees in the world going about<br />

their everyday lives. “You never know<br />

what gifts the world is going to give you,<br />

if you’re looking out for them.”<br />

Of course, Brown is more than an<br />

accomplished novelist. She’s also a<br />

teacher. For her, though, the two aren’t<br />

in conflict. In fact, she says, “I often feel<br />

like my teaching feeds my writing. I’m<br />

most awake then to all the resonances<br />

of language, and to the many things I<br />

love about fiction, when I’m trying to<br />

transmit them to my students.” She<br />

acknowledges, however, the difficulty<br />

in finding enough hours in a day to<br />

do all the things that are important to<br />

her. Her advice to students and other<br />

aspiring writers? “There are things that<br />

sometimes are just more important than<br />

writing: caring for a child or a parent<br />

or a friend in need, cooking a meal for<br />

friends, taking a long walk, dispatching<br />

one’s duties to a job other than one’s<br />

creative work,” Brown says. “Sometimes<br />

you just have to live your life and trust<br />

that the writing and the time for it will<br />

come.”<br />

She enjoys the opportunities she has<br />

to work one-on-one with students at<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Through her teaching, she’s<br />

had the satisfaction of getting to know<br />

some amazing young women as writers,<br />

thinkers and people, and to watch their<br />

writing and understanding develop over<br />

the course of a semester. “There’s almost<br />

nothing quite as wonderful in the classroom<br />

as watching a student discover a<br />

writer she loves, or to suddenly ‘get’ a<br />

story or poem that might have eluded<br />

her a year before,” Brown says. “The<br />

experience of watching students carry<br />

what they’ve learned forward into further<br />

study and then into the world, and<br />

to have that kind of ongoing intellectual<br />

relationship with them, is perhaps my<br />

favorite part about teaching writing at<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.”<br />

The sense of community that is an<br />

essential part of her classroom is a<br />

thread that winds through Brown’s<br />

entire <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> experience. She and<br />

her husband have raised three children<br />

on campus — all of them now grown<br />

— and she’s grateful for the community<br />

her children had at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Their<br />

family benefited, not just from the students,<br />

many of whom served as babysitters<br />

over the years, but also from the<br />

faculty and staff at the <strong>College</strong>. “It’s been<br />

a supportive place to pursue our work<br />

as writers, just isolated enough from the<br />

world to give us the space and quiet a<br />

writer needs, but close enough to keep<br />

us in touch with the broader literary<br />

world,” she says. “We’ve always felt lucky<br />

to have colleagues we like and admire,<br />

many of whom we’ve now known for<br />

nearly a quarter century.”<br />

It’s a community that is nurturing,<br />

but also dynamic, and it stretches far<br />

beyond the borders of Amherst County<br />

into the extended world of alumnae artists<br />

who have made some part of their<br />

life at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. She says her favorite<br />

memories of the <strong>College</strong> are of the<br />

gatherings they’ve hosted at their house<br />

when a writer visits. “It might be a mild<br />

fall evening or one in spring, when<br />

the dogwoods are in bloom,” she says.<br />

“There will be tables and chairs set up<br />

on the lawn, and white tablecloths, and<br />

flowers on the tables, and candlelight,<br />

and good food and drink and conversation,<br />

with students and faculty and our<br />

guests mingling together. Soon we’ll<br />

leave the dishes and the fireflies beginning<br />

to blink in the field and walk up to<br />

campus for a reading.” There have been<br />

many such gatherings over the years, she<br />

says, and each time, their guests remark<br />

about how lucky the Browns are to live<br />

and work in such a place. She agrees.<br />

She’s excited about what lies ahead for<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. “With the establishment<br />

of our centers, the re-envisioning of the<br />

<strong>College</strong>’s core curriculum and an increased<br />

focus on educating women who<br />

are meaningfully equipped and devoted<br />

to being innovative, ambitious and<br />

compassionate leaders in today’s world,<br />

I think we’re embarking on a deeply<br />

important chapter for the <strong>College</strong>.”<br />

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FACULTY PROFILE<br />

CORE 110:<br />

LEARNING BY<br />

DESIGN<br />

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Design thinking is a phrase that describes one way that human beings can approach problem-solving.<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> isn’t the only college that teaches it, but there’s still a lot of uncertainty about what it really<br />

means. “I had no idea what it was when President Woo came on board,” says Joshua Harris, assistant<br />

professor of music. “But when I learned more about it, I knew it would be relevant to what I do.<br />

Artists sometimes get paralyzed thinking that they have to create a masterpiece, but that’s not true.<br />

Iteration is part of composing and there’s a lot of overlap between creative arts and design thinking.”<br />

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FACULTY PROFILE<br />

CORE 110: Design Thinking is the first class<br />

in the <strong>College</strong>’s Leadership Core Curriculum.<br />

It was team-taught by four faculty members:<br />

Josh Harris, music; Christopher Penfield,<br />

philosophy; Jessica Salvatore, psychology; and<br />

Kaelyn Leake, engineering.<br />

One reason it’s the first course in the core is because it can<br />

be applied to so many different fields. Kaelyn Leake, assistant<br />

professor of engineering, says that although there’s already an<br />

engineering design process, design thinking can be complementary<br />

and both processes are based on similar principles. “I<br />

think anyone who truly learns design thinking will see their<br />

field in it,” she says.<br />

All of the faculty teaching the class went to Stanford last<br />

winter to train at its design school. For them, design thinking<br />

is as much about defining problems as solving them. In order<br />

to design anything, you first have to know what problem<br />

you’re trying to solve, a skill Jessica Salvatore, associate professor<br />

of psychology, says can be applied to almost every aspect<br />

of college. For example, she says, “It’s a universal experience<br />

to be assigned a paper for a class and to not know where to<br />

begin because you can’t describe the problem you’re trying<br />

to research. If students can learn to define problems, they’ll<br />

be able to apply that skill to every project in every class they<br />

take, as well as to the professional problems they’ll solve after<br />

graduation.” Penfield agrees. “You can’t solve any problem until<br />

you identify the issue,” he says. “Learning to locate, identify<br />

and define the problem is an important first step in becoming<br />

a problem-solver.”<br />

One thing that makes design thinking at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> different<br />

is that it’s a required course that everyone has to take. “We<br />

often heard from the students that the class didn’t feel ‘like<br />

college,’ so clearly, it’s not what everyone is doing,” says Salvatore.<br />

“I’ve never heard of anyone teaching a framework of<br />

defining problems in a systematic way to every single student<br />

in an incoming cohort. That makes it different.”<br />

For students, although the class may have been strange at<br />

first, it was worth doing. “I really did enjoy the class,” says Iris<br />

Williams ’22. “The subject matter is relevant to my engineering<br />

aspirations. The process was a little slow at first, but it was<br />

worth learning about it in depth.”<br />

Perhaps the most defining part of design thinking is that<br />

it is an iterative process. You talk to someone and empathize<br />

with them. You define the problem. You come up with ideas<br />

for solving that problem. You build a prototype of that solution<br />

and then you test it. But the process doesn’t end there<br />

and it’s not linear. Sometimes you think you’ve defined the<br />

problem, but during the testing phase, you discover some unthought-of<br />

aspect that changes the way you think. Sometimes<br />

you test something and it doesn’t work, so you have to come<br />

up with new ideas and develop a new prototype. Sometimes<br />

your idea works great, but during the process, you discover a<br />

different problem you want to solve.<br />

To be sure, design thinking has its skeptics. Salvatore was a<br />

skeptic until she took the Stanford course. Penfield notes that<br />

critics sometimes say that “design thinking doesn’t involve a<br />

moment of critique,” but he argues that critique is an inherent<br />

part of the iterative process. “It’s important to know when, in<br />

the creative process, to apply that critique,” he says.<br />

On the first day of class, the students were given a box<br />

of items: aluminum foil, tape, pipe cleaners, sticky notes,<br />

Play-doh, string, popsicle sticks, straws, colorful circular<br />

stickers and more. At first glance, such a box might seem like<br />

materials for summer camp, but the items were tools that<br />

the students used to prototype designs. On the day that we<br />

visited, students were using the materials to test their ideas<br />

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THE ARTS<br />

DID YOU KNOW?<br />

The term “design thinking” was probably coined in the<br />

1960s. IDEO, perhaps the company best known for<br />

developing consumer products using design thinking<br />

tools, was founded in 1991. Stanford University<br />

launched the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, better<br />

known as the d.school, in 2005.<br />

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for a better study space. Using the items in that box, they<br />

prototyped things as different as a calming spa space to a<br />

smartphone application. According to Hank Yochum, associate<br />

dean of academic affairs, “You could probably find a box<br />

similar to that in many offices at Google, and there are a lot of<br />

people over there making a lot of money using the tools we’re<br />

teaching our students.”<br />

The faculty noted that a lot of people don’t think they’re creative.<br />

Design thinking, Leake says, is a framework that allows<br />

people who might not feel creative to come up with innovative<br />

ideas. “It’s not about a creative moment of inspiration,” says<br />

Penfield. “Anyone can use this process to work collaboratively<br />

and come up with innovative ideas and breakthroughs that<br />

they might not have come to otherwise. It’s a set of skills that<br />

is not often taught in a structured way.”<br />

The class is pass/fail, and as a result, doesn’t have an impact<br />

on a student’s GPA, but that’s by design, says Lynn Rainville,<br />

dean of the <strong>College</strong>. “Solving problems is a process that by<br />

definition involves failure,” she says. “We don’t want our<br />

students to be afraid of that or to be concerned that failing to<br />

solve an assigned problem will have a negative impact on their<br />

grade. We want them to fail — and we want them to learn<br />

from those failures.” In fact, taking risks and learning from<br />

failures is one of the primary goals of the class.<br />

Students in the class work in teams. Salvatore says the<br />

notion of teams — not just “groups” — is important. For<br />

students, group work can be an annoyance, but Salvatore<br />

explained that the projects they were doing could not be actually<br />

done by an individual — she used the example of raising<br />

a barn: even if she wanted to, she could not build a barn by<br />

herself, just like the projects the students were working on<br />

in the class. Unlike a group, a team is a collection of people<br />

focused on a common goal, and everyone on the team has a<br />

sense of identity and a shared mission. During the course,<br />

students worked in several teams, and some of the students<br />

acknowledged that they didn’t always get along with other<br />

team members, but that, too, is a learning experience in itself.<br />

Learning to work with others wasn’t the only skill the students<br />

learned. Because the first step in the process is empathy,<br />

students had to learn to talk to someone and really listen to<br />

what they had to say. While the students were practicing empathy,<br />

they were also learning interviewing and listening skills<br />

— and that’s before they’d solved any problems at all. CORE<br />

110 gives students an opportunity to learn these skills so that<br />

they’ll be prepared to go into the workforce and collaborate<br />

with people of various skills and knowledge. And they’ll be<br />

able to work effectively with those people and come up with<br />

truly innovative solutions.<br />

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THE ARTS<br />

HOW DESIGN<br />

THINKING<br />

HAS LED TO<br />

INNOVATIVE<br />

SOLUTIONS<br />

It’s a question that gets asked regularly over kitchen tables when kids are doing their<br />

homework: “Why do I have to learn this?” And it was one obstacle the faculty of CORE 110<br />

had to overcome with their own students, so one of the first things the students did was to<br />

look at some case studies about how design thinking had led to innovative solutions.<br />

One such case study was the story of Doug Dietz, a designer for high-tech medical imaging<br />

systems for GE Healthcare. Dietz noticed that though his machines were technological<br />

marvels, the kids were so scared to get in them that they had to be sedated. Dietz realized<br />

there had to be a better way. He took Stanford’s course on design thinking and learned<br />

skills that helped him understand a human-centered approach to design.<br />

He had to find a way to make the machines less scary. One of the prototypes he designed<br />

turned the MRI machine into a pirate ship and after the voyage was complete, there was a<br />

small bit of “treasure” waiting for the child in a pirate chest. Children were now less scared<br />

and the hospital had less need for anesthesiologists. Everybody won.<br />

Some critics of design thinking argue that anyone could come up with these simple-seeming<br />

solutions; it doesn’t require a complicated process. But the truth is, before Dietz, nobody<br />

had come up with a solution to this particular problem. Simple doesn’t always mean easy<br />

or obvious.<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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ALUMNAE PROFILE<br />

GINNIE<br />

TOONE ’53:<br />

On the Road to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

We love it when guest writers submit stories<br />

to the magazine. Here, Repps Hudson, brother<br />

of Ginnie Toone ’53, tells us his sister’s story.<br />

You can reach him at reppshudson@msn.com.<br />

sbc.edu<br />

She couldn’t meet Rice University’s language requirements<br />

for entering freshmen. So Virginia “Ginnie” Hudson Toone<br />

’53 turned to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, from which her mother, Ida Virginia<br />

von Sandmeyer, had graduated in 1917. Valedictorian of<br />

her Carrollton, Mo., high school class, Ginnie had no problem<br />

being admitted to her mother’s alma mater.<br />

She became a physics major — the only one in her class and<br />

a bold step for a woman in the 1950s — and spent 20 years<br />

as an engineer for Sigma Instruments Inc. in South Braintree,<br />

Mass., one of the high-tech companies of the day. After graduating,<br />

Ginnie got higher-paying job offers from Bell Labs<br />

and General Electric. Sigma “had a more appealing flavor,” she<br />

says. It was, she recalls, “far ahead of its time with women as<br />

heads of many departments, profit-sharing, year-end bonuses<br />

and so on.”<br />

She’s said she was fortunate to have worked at Sigma, where<br />

she was a project supervisor like men who’d graduated from<br />

MIT, Harvard and other elite schools. Early on, Ginnie was<br />

working on “electrical contact problems such as their ability<br />

to conduct current at very low voltages and their ability to<br />

carry large surge currents without welding.” She graduated<br />

to “designing magnetic amplifiers …, highly reliable low-level<br />

[direct current] amplifiers used to monitor nuclear reactors”<br />

at N-Reactor at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear complex on the<br />

Columbia River.<br />

Later, she helped develop photocells. At one time, she was<br />

one of the country’s experts on that infant technology. “The<br />

tricky part of the photocell was getting reliable production<br />

to useful sensitivity,” she says. Years later, she set up a photocell<br />

manufacturing line in Rio de Janeiro. She was the only<br />

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In this picture, taken several years after<br />

graduating <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, Virginia “Ginnie” Hudson<br />

Toone ’53 stands by nuclear reactor safety<br />

equipment she had worked on before it was<br />

shipped to the now-decommissioned Hanford<br />

Nuclear Works in Hanford, Wash.<br />

student in some physics classes. She says she didn’t realize how<br />

many unasked questions from other students she had missed<br />

because she was in a tutorial.<br />

In the 65 years since she graduated, Ginnie has returned to<br />

campus several times. She’s long been a passionate supporter of<br />

all things <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. When the <strong>College</strong> was about to vanish<br />

in 2015, she was devastated. Since her mother had died when<br />

she was 3, Ginnie had long nourished an emotional tie to the<br />

<strong>College</strong>. Long after she graduated, she found her mother’s<br />

textbooks. Writing inside noted her mother had lived in room<br />

212 of Grammer Hall, the same room Ginnie lived in one year.<br />

It seemed like her mother’s spirit was watching over her.<br />

Ginnie’s my big sister — half-sister; we share our father —<br />

14 years older, my third parent, the one person who has raised<br />

my sights, challenged me to get off the family farm and into the<br />

world. I’ve done that, as a newspaper journalist who made a<br />

living reporting and writing and traveling to countries far from<br />

home — and teaching — for nearly 50 years.<br />

As the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Reunion (May 31-June 2) approached,<br />

Ginnie asked me to drive with her from my home in St. Louis<br />

to the campus for a three-day visit. Eight of her classmates had<br />

signed up to be there.<br />

I said yes, even though the distance was nearly 1,200 miles<br />

each way, almost all by interstate, through the green rolling<br />

grasslands of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, then the mountains<br />

of West Virginia and Virginia. We were carrying precious<br />

cargo: 12 red commemorative plates her mother had left her<br />

showing <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> House and her mother’s blue <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

signet ring, which Ginnie had worn for years.<br />

She and I had done road trips before. In 1961, when I was 15,<br />

I flew to Boston so we could drive in her 1959 baby-blue Triumph<br />

TR-3 from Boston to our farm about 75 miles northeast<br />

of Kansas City. I remember little, except that I was proud to be<br />

sitting down low in her British sports car as we headed west on<br />

U.S. 40 in that pre-interstate era. I could touch the pavement<br />

while sitting in my seat beside Ginnie, who drove the whole<br />

way. That was the summer Ernest Hemingway killed himself. I<br />

remember seeing The Indianapolis Star by the door of a Howard<br />

Johnson with my hero’s picture under a headline declaring<br />

his self-destructive act. So, our recent road trip to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

was an honor for me. There we were, on the road again, learning<br />

more about each other than either of us had known.<br />

Ginnie Toone and her brother Repps Hudson<br />

Many of the things I’ve achieved, I credit to Ginnie’s insistence<br />

that I make the most of my life and talents. We are<br />

coming to the end of our life’s journey and are reflecting more<br />

on what we have done, why we did those things and what<br />

they have meant for ourselves and our families. As we moved<br />

around the campus from one event to another — usually by<br />

van — I asked Ginnie: Did you live in this building? Did you<br />

take a class here? Was this building here when you were a<br />

student? The kid brother again bugging his big sister again.<br />

We enjoyed the meals and what we learned, particularly<br />

President Meredith Woo’s plans for reviving <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> and<br />

preparing it for its unique role in educating women for the<br />

21st century, as it had when Ginnie was a student. As I look<br />

back over Reunion weekend, two things stand out. First is<br />

the way Ginnie and her classmates fell into close, comfortable<br />

conversations about their lives today and years past. For<br />

instance, her senior roommate in Gray Hall, Harriett Hodges<br />

Andrews, of Statesville, N.C., told me, “Seeing Ginnie again<br />

is the reason I came to this reunion.” Harriet remembered<br />

“Doubtful Diplomacy,” the senior play Ginnie wrote with<br />

Mary Littlejohn Belser of Auburn, Ala., and the performance,<br />

which my parents didn’t make because of a snow storm in<br />

eastern Tennessee. Many of these accomplished women had<br />

been in touch with each other in the weeks before Reunion.<br />

Then there was the hour we spent with two professors in the<br />

engineering department, Dr. Hank Yochum and Dr. Bethany<br />

Brinkman. I could see my engineer sister was following the<br />

discussion closely. What she wanted to inspect, though, was<br />

the machine shop where students make parts and tools with<br />

their own hands. She heard there was no machinist on duty.<br />

The young women students were learning to fashion things<br />

themselves from metal. “I was so impressed that students<br />

were taught how to use the machinery safely,” she says.<br />

“Working on a milling machine or metalworking lathe is so<br />

enabling to carry out one’s designs.”<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

11


ALUMNAE PROFILE<br />

KAREN<br />

HARTNETT ’70:<br />

RECOGNIZED FOR DEDICATED<br />

SERVICE TO SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE<br />

sbc.edu<br />

In March of 2015, Karen Hartnett ’70 heard<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> would be closing in the<br />

same way most alumnae did — through email.<br />

And like most of her <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> sisters, she<br />

couldn’t believe it. “Most everybody started<br />

calling their friends,” Hartnett, of Fulshear,<br />

Texas, said. “No one could believe it. <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> was always going to be there. It was<br />

incomprehensible.”<br />

A month later, Hartnett was in Florida with her three<br />

best friends from the Class of 1970: Kay Parham Picha,<br />

Pam Piffath Still and Susan Lykes Mueller. For days, she<br />

said, they sat on Mueller’s porch “talking and talking and<br />

talking about ‘How could this happen?’”<br />

In the 45 years since they’d graduated, Hartnett said the<br />

foursome had been “very, very tight,” but they’d lost touch<br />

with <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. They didn’t go to Reunion. They didn’t<br />

do what Hartnett called the “official stuff.” They just kept<br />

close tabs on each other. “Who expects your college to<br />

close?” she said. “It was crazy.”<br />

Hartnett returned home determined to do something.<br />

“There had to be a way I could plug in and be helpful,” she<br />

said.<br />

By 2015, Hartnett had been a human resources executive<br />

for more than four decades. After a few years spent<br />

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working in <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s admissions and financial aid offices,<br />

Hartnett left the <strong>College</strong> in the mid-1970s for New York,<br />

where she worked in HR for Mobil Oil Corporation.<br />

In the 70s, she said, Mobil was “intent on creating a much<br />

more diverse workforce” and started recruiting from women’s<br />

colleges and historically black colleges and universities.<br />

They made a stop at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> and met Hartnett. “I made<br />

arrangements for Mobil to interview students and wound up<br />

turning that connection into a job,” she said.<br />

During her career, Hartnett worked in the banking and<br />

financial services, energy and other industries. She served on<br />

the executive management committees of four regional banks.<br />

She helped take two companies public.<br />

She also had a soft spot for nonprofit organizations — the<br />

Houston Ballet Foundation, the San Jacinto Battleground<br />

Conservancy and others — and has offered her services to<br />

them at a rate she describes as “far, far less than my corporate<br />

clients.”<br />

Shortly after returning home from the Florida trip, Hartnett<br />

started working with <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> 2.0, a grassroots organization<br />

of alumnae who were fighting to keep the <strong>College</strong><br />

alive. Also, by that time, three separate legal cases had been<br />

launched in an effort to halt the school’s closure.<br />

Considering herself more of an “organizational person and<br />

manager” than a fundraiser, Hartnett wanted to help alumnae<br />

prepare for what she hoped would be the eventual legal victory.<br />

“What do we need to do to get the alumnae ready to be<br />

helpful to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> when we win the legal case?” she said.<br />

“What needs to be in place so that the alumnae can be helpful<br />

to the new administration?”<br />

A negotiated settlement was reached in June 2015, enabling<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> to stay open and make a go at survival. Soon<br />

after, Hartnett got a call from then-president Phil Stone. He<br />

needed help.<br />

“Specifically, Phil said, ‘I need HR help. Can you come up<br />

here and work with me?’” Hartnett recalled. “I called him<br />

about two hours later and said, ‘I’ll be on a flight tomorrow<br />

night and I can stay for about 10 days. I’ll find out what’s<br />

going on with your HR department, see if you have management<br />

or staffing issues and if you have any real legal risk, and<br />

I’ll help take the temperature for you at the <strong>College</strong>.’”<br />

Within 24 hours, Hartnett was on a plane. She flew from<br />

Houston to Charlotte, where her flight to Lynchburg — the<br />

last of the day — was cancelled. In a rented car and without<br />

her luggage, Hartnett drove from Charlotte to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>,<br />

stopping en route at a drugstore for makeup, a hairbrush, a<br />

toothbrush and toothpaste.<br />

Hartnett returned home<br />

determined to do something.<br />

“There had to be a way I could<br />

plug in and be helpful.”<br />

The next morning, wearing her travel clothes and her<br />

drugstore makeup, Hartnett showed up at Stone’s office and<br />

announced, “I’m Karen Hartnett and I’m here to help you.”<br />

And help she did. Over the next 10 days, she gathered<br />

information and did an audit of the HR department. She<br />

talked with faculty and staff, and said the stories they told her<br />

about the previous 10 or 15 years were shocking. “Nobody<br />

knew what was happening,” she said. “We thought everything<br />

was daisies and pink and green, but the <strong>College</strong> was slowly<br />

strangling.”<br />

After that initial visit, Hartnett returned to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> a<br />

few more times. Working from Texas, she helped Stone recruit<br />

his senior leadership team. In the process, she and Stone<br />

came to a conclusion:<br />

“We realized pretty quickly, Phil and I, that we couldn’t<br />

build ‘forever,’” she said. “We had to build for survival. We<br />

hired all the people into the critical jobs, so the <strong>College</strong> could<br />

stand up straight again. When Meredith [Woo] came in, she<br />

had a strong platform to begin building the forever college.”<br />

At Reunion this past June, the <strong>College</strong> formally recognized<br />

Hartnett’s efforts with the Outstanding Alumna Award.<br />

Claire Griffith ’80, senior director of alumnae relations and<br />

development, presented the award and later called Hartnett<br />

an “unsung hero” in the fight to save <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

Praising Hartnett, Stone said she was “more than my<br />

advisor. She became a dear friend and confidante. She was<br />

solicitous of my welfare and always supportive. She was truly<br />

one of the heroes in the miraculous rescue and renewal of<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong>.”<br />

Recently, when asked about the <strong>College</strong>’s future, Hartnett<br />

said she is “rock solid sure that we’re going to make it” and<br />

that “there’s no doubt in my mind that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> will graduate<br />

a Class of 2050. No doubt at all. We may have a couple<br />

of rough years ahead of us and we can’t lose faith when things<br />

are hard or difficult to do. We have to keep pressing forward<br />

and I know we’ll be successful. We are <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> fierce!”<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

13


ON THE QUAD<br />

on the<br />

QUAD<br />

news & notes<br />

around campus<br />

Friends of Art Award Leads to<br />

VCCA DREAM INTERNSHIP<br />

FOR SWEET BRIAR GRAD<br />

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Thanks to the Friends of Art, recent <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> grad Alexa<br />

Dahlin ’18 didn’t have to look far to find her dream internship.<br />

Dahlin is the first recipient of the organization’s graduate<br />

internship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an<br />

international artists’ colony adjacent to campus.<br />

A $5,000 stipend allowed the former business major with an<br />

Arts Management Certificate to spend 10 weeks this summer<br />

working on a number of projects with VCCA staff. One of<br />

them: developing a plan and strategy for the VCCA’s upcoming<br />

50th anniversary in 2021. A big chunk of her time was<br />

spent compiling the center’s history.<br />

“Being able to do some archival work is great because that has<br />

always been an interest of mine,” Dahlin said when we spoke<br />

with her over the summer. “I’m super happy that I’m getting<br />

hands-on experience with that.”<br />

She also worked with Kirsten McKinney, the VCCA’s director<br />

of communications, on several other projects, including,<br />

as McKinney put it, “magically” organizing a “tremendous<br />

backlog of processed applications,” posting fliers around town,<br />

helping out with the VCCA’s Open Studios in July and with<br />

day-to-day operations such as greeting fellows in the office,<br />

sitting in on staff meetings and keeping track of entries to the<br />

VCCA’s annual Instagram contest.<br />

“Much of what Alexa has done, to us, is a Herculean<br />

achievement,” McKinney admitted. “Given our small staff and<br />

demanding mission of providing creative space to 24 fellows at<br />

any given time, certain tasks can fall by the wayside as we respond<br />

to more immediate needs. We are so appreciative to the<br />

Friends of Art for establishing this internship and for Alexa<br />

and the time she has given to us this summer.”<br />

Dahlin loved the variety, but that wasn’t the only thing: “One<br />

of the most exciting parts about my internship is being able to<br />

be a part of a women-led arts organization,” she said. “With<br />

all my work experience I’ve had over the past four years, I have<br />

never worked for a practically all-female staff. The open communication<br />

and leadership are truly refreshing and remind me<br />

a lot of the atmosphere at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.”<br />

For Dahlin, this was internship number five. Focusing on the<br />

arts has meant a steady buildup of skills, and she’s learned that<br />

she’s on the right track. “All of these experiences have given me<br />

a well-rounded foundation that I’ve been able to use here at the<br />

VCCA,” she explained. “Being at the VCCA this summer has<br />

made me confident in my passion of being an arts advocate, as<br />

well as working for a nonprofit organization.<br />

“After I complete my internship at the VCCA, I am looking<br />

to move south — either Birmingham or Atlanta — and work<br />

in development or marketing in the nonprofit sector,” she said.<br />

With a résumé like hers, that next step should be easy.<br />

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ON THE QUAD<br />

A group of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> students visits the studio of a VCCA fellow<br />

New Joint <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> & VCCA Fellowships<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> and the Virginia Center<br />

for the Creative Arts, one of the nation’s<br />

largest residential artist communities, have<br />

long been collaborative partners. Now, they’re<br />

also teaming up in the classroom, thanks to<br />

the <strong>College</strong>’s innovative core curriculum and<br />

brand-new fellowships for VCCA artists.<br />

Through the <strong>College</strong>’s Center for Creativity,<br />

Design and the Arts, a team of fellows will<br />

teach an interdisciplinary section of Expression<br />

and the Arts, the foundational arts course<br />

in the <strong>College</strong>’s new core curriculum.<br />

The course will take place during a threeweek<br />

session — part of the <strong>College</strong>’s innovative<br />

new calendar — in spring 2019. Center<br />

director and professor of creative writing Carrie Brown,<br />

who has been a VCCA fellow herself, says the SBC/VCCA<br />

fellowships will “give students brand-new models of what<br />

it means to be creative and an exciting look at the fusion of<br />

artistic disciplines.”<br />

The opportunity to work with VCCA fellows will expand<br />

the kind of experiences students will have in the classroom.<br />

“Not only will students be exposed to new voices from<br />

throughout the world, thereby enlarging and enriching the<br />

academic community at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>,” says Brown, “but they’ll<br />

also have the opportunity to participate in an experience of<br />

The entrance to VCCA<br />

learning about and making art that will be unique. They’ll<br />

collaborate with each other and with a team of distinguished<br />

artists who themselves will be collaborating.”<br />

Joy Heyrman, VCCA’s executive director, observes that this<br />

is an exciting moment in VCCA’s partnership with <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong>. “We are giving new form to the rich exchange<br />

of creative thinking and creative production that has distinguished<br />

a shared history of nearly 40 years,” she says. “VCCA<br />

has been enriched by <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s support, collaboration<br />

and proximity and we are looking forward to opening up new<br />

avenues of creative exchange for our extended network of<br />

artist fellows.”<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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ON THE QUAD<br />

Rainville, Yochum Appointed<br />

Dean & Associate Dean<br />

sbc.edu<br />

Dean Lynn Rainville<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> President Meredith Woo announced this summer<br />

that the new dean of the <strong>College</strong> would be a familiar face:<br />

Lynn Rainville.<br />

Since taking over as acting dean in March, Rainville has<br />

been exercising financial and administrative oversight of the<br />

library, sponsored research, institutional effectiveness, the<br />

Honors Program and study abroad. More recently, Rainville<br />

also steered the “complex work of curricular realignment,”<br />

Woo said. “She has been actively involved in faculty recruitment<br />

and promoting excellence in research and teaching. As<br />

historian, archaeologist and anthropologist, she will continue<br />

to champion the centrality of the humanities and social sciences<br />

in the liberal arts education at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. This mission<br />

builds on her decade of public outreach as the director of the<br />

Tusculum Institute, dedicated to local history and historic<br />

preservation.”<br />

Rainville has been a member of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> community<br />

since 2001. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of<br />

Michigan in Near Eastern archaeology and spending more<br />

than a decade directing projects in Turkey and Syria, she<br />

has spent the past 17 years uncovering Virginia’s forgotten<br />

histories, including research into African-American cemeteries,<br />

enslaved communities, segregated schools, town poor<br />

farms and the role Virginians played in World War I. Her<br />

grant-funded work has appeared in four books and more than<br />

two dozen articles. Rainville frequently shares her research<br />

through lectures, online databases and social media.<br />

“It is rare to find a scholar who can bridge this gap between<br />

the academy and the public,” Woo wrote in a letter to the<br />

community. “Her research demonstrates the importance of<br />

the humanities in designing research to connect our shared<br />

history to our common future.”<br />

Engineering professor Hank Yochum is supporting Rainville<br />

in his new capacity as associate dean. Yochum has been<br />

a member of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> community since 2002. He<br />

has taught courses in engineering and physics and led the<br />

Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program since 2007.<br />

Yochum earned his Ph.D. in physics at Wake Forest University<br />

and his B.S. at the <strong>College</strong> of Charleston. His research is<br />

in photonics and nano-engineering, most recently focusing on<br />

developing new processes to fabricate polymer-based optical<br />

devices.<br />

As director of the engineering program, Yochum led the first<br />

accreditation review, which resulted in <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> becoming<br />

one of only two women’s colleges in the country with an<br />

ABET-accredited engineering program. Part of his work<br />

included developing assessments of learning outcomes so<br />

that faculty members can ensure students gain the skills and<br />

knowledge to be successful and identify areas for improvement.<br />

Together with program faculty, he founded Explore<br />

Engineering, a series of spring, fall and summer courses that<br />

has brought more than 500 high school women to campus to<br />

create compelling, hands-on engineering projects.<br />

Yochum has served as chair of the faculty senate and the<br />

Personnel Committee. An advocate for undergraduate<br />

research, he served as the director of the Honors Summer<br />

Research Program and was an elected councilor for the physics<br />

and astronomy division of the Council of Undergraduate<br />

Research (CUR). As associate dean, Yochum’s duties include<br />

being the point person for the Honors Program and institutional<br />

assessment. While he remains involved with the engineering<br />

program, Bethany Brinkman took over as director.<br />

Associate Dean Hank Yochum works with participants at Explore<br />

Engineering<br />

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MEET THE<br />

CLASS OF 2022<br />

ON THE QUAD<br />

Enrollment<br />

up<br />

39 %<br />

from<br />

last year<br />

Students from<br />

22 states<br />

and 6 countries<br />

110 3.53 1098 42<br />

first-year<br />

students<br />

compared to<br />

79 last fall<br />

mean grade<br />

point average<br />

compared to<br />

3.34 last fall<br />

SAT<br />

(combined)<br />

compared to<br />

1071 last fall<br />

Presidential<br />

Scholarships<br />

the <strong>College</strong>’s merit award<br />

for the highest academic<br />

achieving students<br />

Source: <strong>Fall</strong> <strong>2018</strong> <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> census. Oct. 1, <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

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REUNION<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

Reunion <strong>2018</strong> welcomed more<br />

than 450 alumnae and their<br />

families back to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

campus, honoring those classes<br />

ending in a “3” or an “8” and<br />

celebrating the sisterhood of<br />

generations of alumnae.<br />

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The weekend came with traditional events such as class picnics; special<br />

dinners for those celebrating their 25th and 50th reunions; and Reunion<br />

Convocation, during which classes received awards recognizing their<br />

attendance as well as giving amounts and participation. The Alumnae<br />

Alliance Council continued their now three-year tradition of a festival on<br />

Saturday afternoon, which showcased the volunteer opportunities and<br />

accomplishments of the council’s working groups.<br />

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REUNION<br />

<strong>2018</strong><br />

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ON THE QUAD<br />

Survey Affirms<br />

SWEET BRIAR<br />

Values and the<br />

Importance of Alumnae<br />

Maggie Saylor Patrick '07<br />

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This summer, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> sent a survey to its alumnae<br />

to find out how they felt about where the <strong>College</strong> was<br />

heading and what they wanted from their relationship<br />

with the <strong>College</strong> in the future. Maggie Saylor Patrick ’07<br />

was hired to lead the project and analyze the results. Here,<br />

she shares her initial thoughts from that survey.<br />

In 2017, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> welcomed<br />

President Meredith Woo and<br />

introduced her to us through a series<br />

of letters, videos and events around the<br />

country. At one of these events, Mary<br />

Pope Hutson ’83, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s vice<br />

president for alumnae relations and development,<br />

shared with me the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

belief that alumnae play a critical role in<br />

fostering and sustaining <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

success, as they have since the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

inception.<br />

The overwhelming interest in our new<br />

president and in the <strong>College</strong>’s future<br />

made clear the need for an inclusive<br />

and comprehensive review of the needs,<br />

perspectives and hopes of the alumnae<br />

community. I was delighted to be asked<br />

to lead this process by executing an<br />

alumnae-wide survey — the <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

first in over 10 years.<br />

Alumnae, with their usual <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

gusto, responded by the hundreds with<br />

significant representation from all decades<br />

and locations. Beyond answering<br />

the questions carefully and thoughtfully,<br />

many alumnae spent significant time<br />

and energy sharing stories, recollections,<br />

hopes and desires. Some of you even<br />

mailed in photos or articles pertaining<br />

to your responses. It could not be clearer<br />

that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> alumnae continue<br />

to be active thinkers who care greatly<br />

about the future of their alma mater.<br />

The <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Board of Directors<br />

and the Alumnae Alliance Council,<br />

along with the Office of Alumnae<br />

Relations and Development, will spend<br />

significant time in the coming months<br />

reviewing this data and creating plans<br />

to act upon the information. We are<br />

excited to share those insights and new<br />

projects with you over the coming year<br />

and will share additional details of the<br />

survey responses over time. As we prepared<br />

for publication of this magazine,<br />

however, some key themes emerged<br />

from the results and we were eager to<br />

share them with you right away. The<br />

first is that our alumnae are overwhelmingly<br />

hopeful about <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s future<br />

and proud of and grateful for their<br />

experiences at the <strong>College</strong>.<br />

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ALUMNAE<br />

SURVEY<br />

OVERVIEW<br />

Distributed to alumnae<br />

in August of <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Alumnae of all years and backgrounds<br />

have affirmed these common<br />

values: that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> provides an<br />

excellent, challenging education for<br />

women that is grounded in the liberal<br />

arts and in its small, close community.<br />

It would seem these values are ones<br />

in which the alumnae body and the<br />

<strong>College</strong> administration are in strong<br />

alignment. In announcing <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong>’s tuition and curriculum reset,<br />

President Woo identified <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

three most defining characteristics as<br />

its rural location, its small size and<br />

close community and its commitment<br />

to educating future women leaders.<br />

You also indicated a belief that<br />

critical thinking, intelligence and<br />

leadership are core aspects of the<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> identity. As such, alumnae<br />

also recognize the complicated path to<br />

success.<br />

In open-ended responses to questions<br />

about the curriculum and tuition reset,<br />

alumnae indicated a sense of “holding<br />

their breath.” Many of you reflected<br />

the importance of the liberal arts and<br />

of excellent, well-supported faculty,<br />

and a recognition of the challenging<br />

financial situation presented by the<br />

near-closure and within the higher<br />

education market in general. You<br />

hope that the <strong>College</strong> will emphasize<br />

growing enrollment, ensuring financial<br />

viability and recruiting students who<br />

are a good fit for <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>: smart,<br />

talented, driven and eager to become a<br />

part of our unique community.<br />

As <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> embarks on its new<br />

path, the <strong>College</strong> will face obstacles<br />

and challenges. As alumnae, we may<br />

especially struggle with this fact. New<br />

interpretations of our identity may feel<br />

unclear or uncomfortable. Your voices,<br />

expressed through this survey and<br />

across other forms of media, as well as<br />

statements from the <strong>College</strong>, assure us<br />

that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> continues to embody<br />

the ideals and values that we, as alumnae,<br />

cherish.<br />

I believe in the character of <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> women. I know that if we believe<br />

in these common values and work<br />

toward them with a common character<br />

— as women of consequence — our<br />

common goals cannot help but be<br />

realized. I have faith in our future and<br />

I look forward to sharing more results<br />

with you from the alumnae survey in<br />

the months ahead, and to the path<br />

we will continue to forge together for<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s success.<br />

More results of the survey and information<br />

about the implementation of<br />

its findings will be released in future<br />

issues of The <strong>Briar</strong> Wire and in the<br />

spring issue of the Alumnae <strong>Magazine</strong>.<br />

Thank you for participating!<br />

Received more than<br />

1,000 responses, electronic<br />

and hard copy.<br />

Alumnae of all ages<br />

and backgrounds affirmed<br />

that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> provides<br />

an excellent, challenging<br />

education for women that<br />

is grounded in the liberal<br />

arts and its small, close<br />

community.<br />

Alumnae<br />

believe that<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

identity rests<br />

in critical<br />

thinking,<br />

intelligence and<br />

leadership.<br />

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ON THE QUAD<br />

SWEET WORK<br />

WEEKS<br />

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<strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks, which just finished its fourth year, has become an annual tradition<br />

to bring alumnae and friends of the <strong>College</strong> back to serve as volunteers to keep <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> beautiful. In the summer of <strong>2018</strong>, more than 140 participants returned to campus<br />

to weed, trim, paint, power wash, work in the library and celebrate the beauty of these<br />

3,250 acres. Alumnae participants ranged from the Class of 1958 to <strong>2018</strong>, and they<br />

brought with them their classmates, family members and even a friend from Hollins.<br />

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ALUMNAE PROFILE<br />

Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87:<br />

Charting a Fierce Legacy<br />

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One of the leaders in the Saving <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> movement, Teresa<br />

Pike Tomlinson ’87 became chairwoman of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong><br />

Board of Directors in 2015 and just completed her three-year<br />

term. The 69th mayor of Columbus, Ga., she has been named<br />

among the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for the last six consecutive<br />

years. We’re grateful to Mayor Tomlinson for all of her<br />

hard work on behalf of the <strong>College</strong> and recently asked her to tell us<br />

a little bit about her <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> story.<br />

How did you find out about <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>?<br />

A postcard in the mail. It was the most beautiful picture I<br />

had ever seen and on the back it said something to the effect<br />

of: Where we create women leaders. I didn’t even know there<br />

was such a place. Needless to say, there was only one college<br />

for me after that.<br />

What was your major and what did you plan to do when<br />

you graduated? Did you always intend a career in politics?<br />

I double-majored in government and economics and<br />

obtained a certificate in business management. I never had<br />

any intention of going into politics until I decided to run for<br />

mayor of Columbus, Ga., in 2010. I wanted to be a lawyer,<br />

and I loved practicing law.<br />

How did your SBC experience prepare you for your career?<br />

My <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> education prepared me for all that I wanted<br />

to do in life. It taught me to think and to love knowledge.<br />

What is your favorite memory about your college days?<br />

The campus, the women, the professors and the support and<br />

encouragement to do big things.<br />

Who was your favorite professor?<br />

Not fair! There are too many to list. Probably Tom Gilpatrick<br />

(government) or Chris Pikrallidas (economics).<br />

What was it about your experience that led you to be such<br />

an active voice for Saving <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> and your tenure on<br />

the Board of Directors?<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> offered a type of education that is particularly<br />

relevant for today’s world and today’s women. We need <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> now more than ever. I happened to have the skill and<br />

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experience that was useful to the effort to save <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>,<br />

and I was honored to be part of the movement, along with too<br />

many other soldiers to mention like Nancyellen Keane and<br />

the entire Atlanta crew.<br />

What are you most proud of in terms of your involvement<br />

with the <strong>College</strong>?<br />

Most people mention the 2015 commencement speech as<br />

the effort I should be most proud of, and I am. However,<br />

there have been so many other critical efforts along the way:<br />

• Finding the higher education experts (General Charles<br />

Krulak, Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, John Gibb) who<br />

would testify in the Saving <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> litigation and<br />

give us the credentials to challenge the decision of the<br />

prior <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> leadership;<br />

• Instituting the “Tomlinson Challenge,” which started at<br />

an Atlanta event and turned into a national fundraising<br />

tidal wave, ultimately resulting in hundreds of alumnae<br />

contributing millions of dollars in three- and five-year<br />

pledges;<br />

• Working with the great Phil Stone, devoted faculty and<br />

staff, and some awesome board members to reorganize<br />

the <strong>College</strong>, retool our budget and get the word out to<br />

prospective students that we were open for business so<br />

the <strong>College</strong> could survive and thrive;<br />

• Assuring that the stakeholders from alumnae to students<br />

to faculty received transparency, respect and access to the<br />

board through our bylaws; and<br />

• Leading an incredible search process for our next<br />

president, Meredith Woo, while maintaining a sense of<br />

stability and steady leadership among our stakeholders<br />

and the media.<br />

I am grateful the commencement speech had that effect in<br />

that moment and helped push the SSB movement to victory.<br />

Yet, the truth is, as with any epic effort, many critical moments<br />

and pivotal decisions occurred outside the reach of<br />

the cameras and the microphones, and I am so very proud of<br />

those.<br />

What about in your professional life?<br />

As mayor, there are those achievements the media cites<br />

like reducing crime and saving tax dollars, but the proudest<br />

moment is when a 4-year old little girl looks at you and says:<br />

“When I grow up, I want to be the ‘mayor.’”<br />

How would you encourage other alumnae to get involved<br />

with the <strong>College</strong>?<br />

Continue to be engaged. Know about your alma mater. Never<br />

lapse into the complacency we had before. A college is like<br />

a living organism. We are all connected and we are each an<br />

integral part of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s success. Don’t forget that.<br />

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USEF/Cacchione Cup Winner<br />

Makayla Benjamin ’18<br />

MAKAYLA<br />

BENJAMIN ’18:<br />

RIDING FORWARD<br />

Jan Benjamin still remembers her daughter’s first<br />

hunt trail ride. Makayla was about 4 years old,<br />

she recalls, perched proudly on top of her pony,<br />

Marshmallow. “How was it, Makayla?” the field<br />

master asked her. Makayla sighed. “A little bit slow,”<br />

she replied.<br />

Seventeen years later, Makayla Benjamin ’18 would<br />

be the first in her family — and the first <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

student — to win the coveted Cacchione Cup, the<br />

nation’s highest honor for a collegiate rider. It was the<br />

first time she’d even qualified, during her senior year<br />

at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

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<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> taught me how<br />

to fight for something I love<br />

and believe in, how to be<br />

a good leader, how to face<br />

challenges and overcome<br />

them, how to be involved,<br />

and how to manage it all.”<br />

But her historic victory had been long in the making.<br />

“Makayla started riding when she was a baby,” Jan says. “I<br />

would put her in front of me on a horse, between my arms.”<br />

It’s no surprise the two have been best friends ever since,<br />

bonding over their shared passion. Jan herself had owned<br />

horses since she was a child, so they’d been a staple of the<br />

Benjamin family and their home in Lucketts, Va., from the<br />

start.<br />

There might not have been a Benjamin family without horses<br />

— after all, it’s how Jan met her husband, Andrew: The<br />

two competed together on Purdue University’s Intercollegiate<br />

Horse Shows Association team when Jan was a freshman.<br />

Andrew graduated the next year, but as soon as Jan finished<br />

college, they got married. Seeing their former Purdue coach<br />

again at this year’s IHSA nationals — and grabbing him for a<br />

group photo with Makayla — was “really neat,” Jan says.<br />

Did she expect Makayla to win the Cacchione Cup? Nope.<br />

“I mean, it’s the top riders in the country,” Jan says. “I was<br />

hoping for her to be in the top 10, you know. When we were<br />

there watching it, and once they announced the fourth-place<br />

rider, I turned to my friend and said, ‘She won it.’ I knew the<br />

other two riders, and I had taken notes through all of the<br />

classes. I was like: ‘She won it. They can’t beat her.’”<br />

“We were all shocked and crying for joy,” Andrew Benjamin<br />

says. “All I could think of was, ‘What a year, and this is the<br />

best possible way to cap her college career!’”<br />

Makayla was 5 when she entered her first horse show. Jan<br />

didn’t want her to show until she asked to do it. “It was more<br />

important for her to learn how to ride, and how to take care<br />

of horses first,” Jan explains.<br />

And Makayla did.<br />

“I think I was so involved with horses from the get-go that<br />

each moment just reassured my interest in horses and the<br />

sport,” she says. “I liked to be able to see my own progress<br />

with a horse. It was always challenging and frustrating, but so<br />

rewarding at the same time. I think being able to work with<br />

horses my entire life gave me such an appreciation for being<br />

patient and humble. And I loved that about them, so I think<br />

just being able to learn so much about them developed my<br />

deep interest in them.”<br />

Makayla showed ponies for several years and competed in<br />

the Pony Finals when she was 11 and again when she was 14.<br />

Soon after, she moved on to horses and throughout high<br />

school, learned the ropes of equine care as a working student<br />

at Gavin Moylan Stables. At 16, Moylan put her in charge<br />

of all the horses he left at home while going to Florida for<br />

the winter. “He had a horse that was pretty much broken<br />

mentally, that no longer would jump,” Jan remembers. “That<br />

was her project over the winter — to work with him and get<br />

him going again.” By the time Moylan returned, his horse was<br />

jumping just fine. Makayla kept the horse from December<br />

until August and, in partnership with Moylan, made enough<br />

money selling it to import a new horse from Germany.<br />

In order to work with her new horse, Makayla completed<br />

her high school credits early and spent her final semester in<br />

Florida. Then the Benjamins sold the horse and she was off to<br />

Andrew Benjamin speaking at Founders’ Day convocation<br />

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<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> — a place she had fallen in love with as a flower<br />

girl when she was 6 years old. A few campus visits confirmed<br />

it was still as magical as her memory. And that magic continued.<br />

“My experience at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> was phenomenal,” Makayla<br />

says. “I will forever cherish the friendships I made there, and<br />

the relationships I had with my professors, who were always<br />

so supportive. The entire environment truly made it seem<br />

like you could accomplish anything you dedicated yourself to.<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> taught me how to fight for something I love and<br />

believe in, how to be a good leader, how to face challenges and<br />

overcome them, how to be involved, and how to manage it all.”<br />

Her first semester was a blur of equitation finals, with little<br />

time for academics. She was planning to catch up over the<br />

summer, her mother remembers, to make sure she’d be in<br />

good shape to major in engineering. And then March 3, 2015,<br />

happened: Halfway into her second semester, Makayla — and<br />

everyone else in the Class of <strong>2018</strong> — found out the <strong>College</strong><br />

was closing. Or was it? Makayla took action. On April 20,<br />

she and one other student filed a lawsuit against <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

previous board.<br />

Her father, now vice chair of the current board of directors,<br />

remembers it well. “When she testified in court and was asked<br />

to explain her thoughts about the closure, the first thing she<br />

said was, ‘I have lost my home.’ To me that made it worth<br />

fighting for in earnest,” he says.<br />

While painful, the near-closure and subsequent saving of<br />

the <strong>College</strong> played a huge role in Makayla’s personal development.<br />

“I did not know that I was going to have to take the<br />

stand, but I am so thankful that I did because it helped me<br />

to believe that I could fight for something, and I would be<br />

heard,” she says.<br />

The summer’s uncertainty put her behind academically, so<br />

Makayla had to change course: She dropped her engineering<br />

major to a minor and went for a mathematical economics<br />

major instead, with another minor in business. But she’s glad<br />

she was able to stay at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. So is Jan.<br />

“We looked at other colleges, and all it confirmed for us was<br />

that [with] <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, we made the right choice the first<br />

time.”<br />

And 2015 wasn’t over yet for Makayla. That winter, she<br />

qualified for the AIEC-SRNC World Finals in Marburg,<br />

Germany — as one of three riders on Team USA. And she<br />

ended up winning the show jumping competition. Back home,<br />

then-President Phil Stone organized a special awards ceremony<br />

to greet the champion. “President Stone was amazingly<br />

supportive,” Makayla remembers. “I was overwhelmed by all<br />

the support from my classmates, alumnae, board of directors<br />

and parents, and I wanted to do all I could to help the school<br />

be recognized.”<br />

Over the next few years, Makayla did just that: She won lots<br />

of ribbons and was crowned high-point rider at nearly every<br />

IHSA show. Her parents were right there, cheering her on.<br />

She became part of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s first National Collegiate<br />

Equestrian Association team in 2017, competing as the only<br />

Division III school against Division I schools. And each year,<br />

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“My parents are<br />

the biggest influence on<br />

my life. They are such<br />

a wonderful example of<br />

everything I want to<br />

be throughout my<br />

life. They have always<br />

encouraged me to work<br />

hard for what I want,<br />

fight for what is right,<br />

and remember to stay<br />

grounded while<br />

I do it all.”<br />

- Makayla Benjamin ’18<br />

Makayla Benjamin with her parents and the Cacchione Cup<br />

she’d always be just short of qualifying for IHSA nationals.<br />

But her <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> experience was about so much more than<br />

just ribbons.<br />

“The riding program was always very supportive of me and<br />

helped me to emerge as a leader on the teams,” Makayla says.<br />

“Honestly, the skills I learned being a team leader have stuck<br />

with me the most.”<br />

Nevertheless, when she rode to victory in May, it was a<br />

moment she had been waiting for her entire life.<br />

“Winning the Cacchione Cup for me was like the fairytale<br />

ending to my college riding career,” Makayla says. “It truly<br />

helped me recognize that hard work and determination can<br />

pay off in the most incredible ways possible. I was ecstatic<br />

to finally have made it to the national final. It was three long<br />

years of fighting it to the bitter end and being just short of<br />

it each time. And when I was there, I just wanted to leave it<br />

all out there. In the moment, I just wanted to give the horse<br />

I was on the best ride I could, so that it would leave the ring<br />

more confident than it walked in. The overlying motivation<br />

was that I wanted to prove that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> was still around<br />

and still relevant. That the attempted closure hadn’t shaken us<br />

in our renowned riding program. That was my motivation.”<br />

Since her historic win, Makayla has been working as a<br />

wrangler at Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming with her friend<br />

and classmate Courtney Barry, who found the job online —<br />

a dream job for both. When she’s done, she’ll head back to<br />

Germany to work for two months at the riding facility in<br />

Marburg-Dagobertshausen before she starts her first “normal”<br />

job in accounting back in the U.S.<br />

“I think I am in a fascinating place in my life and career,”<br />

Makayla notes. “I have had wonderful opportunities, but also<br />

time to explore what I want to dedicate my time to. I will be<br />

exploring many more opportunities to decide which one suits<br />

me best!”<br />

And who knows what might come next? Winning the<br />

Cacchione Cup has definitely given her an extra push. “It<br />

reignited my big fat dream of going to the Olympics — and<br />

believing in myself that I could get there with more hard work<br />

and determination,” Makayla says.<br />

There’s no doubt in her mother’s mind she’ll find her way. It’s<br />

in her personality.<br />

“She has always been an old soul and extremely comfortable<br />

in her own skin,” Jan says. “She doesn’t care what other people<br />

think. She does what she wants to do and doesn’t let anything<br />

get in her way. I think a lot of that, too, is <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.”<br />

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HISTORY<br />

Dorothy Barnum Venter ’35 came to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

from Connecticut in the middle of the Depression.<br />

She now lives in a retirement community, where she<br />

enjoys visits from two children, eight grandchildren,<br />

13 great-grandchildren and Ellie Plowden Boyd ’74,<br />

who kept her informed during the Saving <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

days. We thank her for sharing her memories of her<br />

time at the <strong>College</strong>. These are her words.<br />

Dorothy Venter in her junior year at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

DOROTHY<br />

VENTER ’35:<br />

GRADUATE OFFERS<br />

GLIMPSES INTO OUR<br />

SWEET BRIAR HISTORY<br />

My best friend wanted to go to Wellesley, so I<br />

thought I should go to Wellesley, too. Then all<br />

of a sudden, in the spring of my senior year in<br />

high school, I decided I would like to go somewhere else. My<br />

mother went to play bridge with some friends, and one of<br />

them was Charlotte Alford MacVicar ’26, who had gone to<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Charlotte had loved <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> and told Mother<br />

I should look into <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. I talked to Charlotte on the<br />

phone a few times and that’s how I decided to go. In those<br />

days, I didn’t even get a visit. I just decided to go.<br />

I got to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> by train. Mother put me on a sleeper in<br />

New York to go down to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, and I got there in the<br />

morning. I was put into a suite with a junior and a senior and<br />

was overcome, being a new little freshman. The dean then put<br />

me in Manson with a sophomore whose roommate had not<br />

come back, and she turned out to be my roommate until she<br />

graduated and became my very good friend — Emily Marsh<br />

Nichols ’34.<br />

We didn’t do much on weekends. If you knew boys at<br />

Washington and Lee, VMI or the University of Virginia,<br />

you’d go visit them, but I didn’t happen to know any, so I had<br />

kind of a dull time with dating down there. Mostly we stayed<br />

on campus, made do with being there and enjoying what you<br />

did in college: studying, hiking, whatever. We used to hike<br />

to a house in Amherst where we were served tea. We went<br />

on the road, about two miles; there wasn’t a lot of traffic on<br />

the road in those days. We also would hike to a mission and<br />

deliver supplies to the people who lived nearby.<br />

I played field hockey and was a member of Paint and Patches.<br />

I wrote articles for the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> News almost every<br />

week — often reviews of lecturers who came to the <strong>College</strong>.<br />

By my senior year, I was the assistant editor.<br />

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HISTORY<br />

Quad Road in 1935<br />

I was also in the dance group, and my senior year I was head<br />

of lake, and I was in charge of all things going on on the lake.<br />

I used to swim in the lake, although it was muddy, and people<br />

didn’t really like to do that. The main thing I had to do was to<br />

run sort of a regatta at the end of the year — each class had a<br />

float and there was a faculty committee that awarded prizes.<br />

Meta Glass was president of the <strong>College</strong>. I admired her<br />

immensely; she was a very good president. There were about<br />

450 students total; the goal was 500 students.<br />

I majored in psychology and philosophy. I took a lot of philosophy<br />

courses from Lucy Crawford and psychology courses<br />

from Elizabeth Moller, English from Ethel Ramage and art<br />

from Miss Virginia McLaws — I think she was the daughter<br />

of a Confederate general* in the Civil War. I took all of the art<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> offered, and Miss McLaws was very good. I have<br />

maintained my interest in all of these fields, as I read a great<br />

deal, and it shapes my thinking today.<br />

[After graduating] I was a bookkeeper at a bank, taking care<br />

of accounts. I knew I didn’t have much of a future there. It<br />

The Reading Room of Mary Helen Cochran Library in 1935<br />

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HISTORY<br />

was still the midst of the Depression, but I was able to live at<br />

home. I wouldn’t have been able to survive on my salary if I<br />

hadn’t been able to live at home. I saved my pennies and went<br />

to a small secretarial school in NYC and learned typing and<br />

shorthand. That’s what it was like then, to get a job I had to<br />

go to secretarial school.<br />

In my day, there were<br />

no openings for women<br />

unless you knew shorthand<br />

and typing. And<br />

actually, I hardly ever<br />

used my shorthand. I had<br />

always thought it would<br />

be lovely to be a secretary<br />

for a professor at Yale. So<br />

I wrote to Yale, hoping<br />

I’d get a job. I ended up<br />

getting a job at Sterling<br />

Memorial Library at<br />

Yale, working in the serial<br />

records department, handling<br />

the publications of<br />

other universities.<br />

I have given to the Annual Fund every<br />

year and attended Reunion. My last was<br />

in 2005. Attending <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> was a<br />

good experience. It is such a beautiful<br />

place, and I was very susceptible to it. I<br />

loved the countryside, and I would not<br />

have gone to a college in the city. I made<br />

some good friends. I am grateful for that<br />

experience, grateful for my teachers.<br />

At the beginning of my senior year,<br />

I had an extra hour that I didn’t know<br />

what I was going to take. My advisor,<br />

Lucy Crawford, said, “Well, you have<br />

taken all of this art. Don’t you think it<br />

might be wise to take a music appreciation<br />

course?” So I took the course and<br />

learned a great deal. After I graduated<br />

from college and was working at the<br />

bank, a friend of mine was going to the Woolsey Hall Concert<br />

Series at Yale University and asked me if I’d like to go, too.<br />

Well, if I hadn’t taken the music course, I never would have<br />

considered going, but I did. They had already gotten their<br />

tickets, and I would have to sit alone. I called the box office<br />

and there were only two seats left at the price I wanted to pay.<br />

I asked the girl at the box office which was the better seat, and<br />

Clockwise from left: Dorothy Venter’s senior portrait; Mary Helen Cochran Library in 1935; Lillian<br />

Cabell, Ethel Shamer and Dorothy Venter from the 1935 <strong>Briar</strong> Patch<br />

she thought the balcony seat was better, so I took that. I sat<br />

next to a couple—the man eventually became my husband. I<br />

often think, if I hadn’t taken that music course and if I hadn’t<br />

taken that particular seat, I never would have met him.<br />

* She was the daughter of Confederate Major General Lafayette McLaws.<br />

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GIVING<br />

<strong>2018</strong>-19 <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund Priorities:<br />

You Make the Difference<br />

The 2017-18 fiscal year marked another year of unprecedented support<br />

for the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund, or the <strong>College</strong>’s unrestricted giving program.<br />

With a total of $18.4 million raised, $13,077,000 was for current funds,<br />

$4.5 million was made in future-year pledges and the remainder consisted<br />

of contributions to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s endowment, which continues to increase<br />

in scope and in its diversified investments.<br />

This past fiscal year marks the third year that alumnae, parents, faculty,<br />

staff, students, foundations, corporations and friends have provided<br />

extraordinary levels of support for their college. In her year-end message to<br />

alumnae and donors, Mary Pope M. Hutson ’83, vice president for alumnae<br />

relations and development, said, “I’m in awe of the generosity of our<br />

alumnae and friends. Their generosity not only ensures that we’ll be able to<br />

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GIVING<br />

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continue to educate fierce women,<br />

but also that we’ll be able to be<br />

a leader in the future of higher<br />

education.”<br />

Corporate and foundation giving<br />

increased by 15 percent over<br />

fiscal year 2016-17. Highlights in<br />

notable foundation giving include<br />

a grant provided by the Lettie<br />

Pate Whitehead Foundation and<br />

renewed commitments by the Andrew<br />

W. Mellon Foundation, the<br />

Jessie Ball DuPont Fund and the<br />

Roller-Bottimore Foundation. In<br />

addition, the <strong>College</strong> continues to build streams of auxiliary<br />

revenue. The 2017-18 fiscal year saw a major refresh of The<br />

Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center. The funding for<br />

the refresh was made possible by an endowed fund.<br />

The impact of giving on the <strong>College</strong> is broad. Donations<br />

allowed <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> to renovate several residence halls and<br />

volunteer hours provided by alumnae as part of <strong>Sweet</strong> Work<br />

Weeks extended the impact of those dollars. Gifts last fiscal<br />

year made the Living With Art Initiative possible, enabling<br />

students to select pieces from the <strong>College</strong>’s art collection to be<br />

hung in their residence hall rooms. This program continues<br />

in fiscal year <strong>2018</strong>-19. A grant by the Judith Haskell Brewer<br />

Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond<br />

and Central Virginia supports the <strong>College</strong>’s environmental<br />

programs, providing support for a student internship and its<br />

community garden. More than 250 scholarship funds bolster<br />

the <strong>College</strong>’s recruiting efforts.<br />

As the <strong>College</strong>’s financial health improves, the reliance on<br />

revenue from fundraising decreases. For the <strong>2018</strong>-19 fiscal<br />

year, the <strong>College</strong>’s goal for unrestricted funds is $10 million,<br />

or 39 percent of its projected budget. This is down from its<br />

all-time high of 82 percent in 2015-16.<br />

The alumnae relations and development office continues<br />

to implement strategies based in major gifts and leadership<br />

annual gifts, corporate and foundation relationships and by<br />

supporting class leaders who reinforce the messages of the<br />

<strong>College</strong> to urge classmates to continue making their best gifts<br />

every year, not just in their anniversary reunion years.<br />

Each year, the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund provides the all-important<br />

core support that enables the <strong>College</strong> to create and maintain<br />

an environment in which excellence can thrive, underwriting<br />

“I’m in awe of the<br />

generosity of our<br />

alumnae and friends.<br />

Their generosity not only<br />

ensures that we’ll be able<br />

to continue to educate<br />

fierce women, but also<br />

that we’ll be able to be<br />

a leader in the future of<br />

higher education.”<br />

— Mary Pope M. Hutson ’83<br />

scholarships, a distinguished professoriate,<br />

stewardship of the land<br />

and facilities, and now, a groundbreaking<br />

academic framework that<br />

U.S. News and World Report has<br />

ranked as among the most innovative<br />

in the nation.<br />

No matter the year, no matter<br />

the goal, and no matter what<br />

compels alumnae and friends of<br />

the <strong>College</strong> to make their gifts, one<br />

fact remains the same: every gift<br />

matters. An unrestricted gift to<br />

the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund is the greatest<br />

demonstration of confidence and trust in the <strong>College</strong><br />

that any alumna or friend can show to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

Priorities for the <strong>2018</strong>-2019 <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund<br />

With the start of the <strong>2018</strong>-19 academic year, President Woo<br />

and members of the Board and President’s Cabinet identified<br />

priorities essential to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s continuing renewal,<br />

strength and position as a leader and innovator in liberal arts<br />

education.<br />

Every gift made to the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund will directly<br />

impact the <strong>College</strong>’s capacity to:<br />

• Launch activities for each of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s centers of<br />

excellence. For example, the <strong>College</strong> has launched a new<br />

partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center<br />

for Innovative Technology to demonstrate projects<br />

in sustainable agriculture. The Center for the Arts, Creativity<br />

and Design is welcoming well-known authors,<br />

like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Beth Macy, to<br />

campus to discuss their writing. Other activities are sure<br />

to follow as these centers become more established over<br />

the next year.<br />

• Recruit the next generation of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> women.<br />

The <strong>College</strong> is implementing a number of marketing<br />

activities — print and digital — to tell the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

story. These nationwide efforts feature the award-winning<br />

“Fierce” campaign and deploy the <strong>College</strong>’s staff<br />

as well as alumnae admissions ambassadors to achieve<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s goal of 20-25 percent enrollment growth<br />

each year over the next four years.<br />

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• Successfully implement 10 new courses comprising<br />

the leadership core curriculum. The core is supported<br />

by both resident and visiting faculty who are deploying<br />

the latest teaching methods. These faculty members are<br />

continually assessing and refining to ensure students are<br />

not only having an amazing experience while at the <strong>College</strong>,<br />

but are also prepared for their futures. Of course,<br />

the leadership core will not only benefit students who<br />

are on campus today, but will also lay a sound foundation<br />

for future classes of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> women.<br />

• Conscientiously care for the campus’s natural and<br />

built environment. <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s campus is one of its<br />

most valuable assets, and the <strong>College</strong> is committed to<br />

stewarding and maintaining it. <strong>College</strong> leadership is<br />

pursuing a comprehensive plan for the campus that<br />

will focus on issues of deferred maintenance, address<br />

the needs of a growing student body and align capital<br />

expenditures with <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s strategic vision.<br />

• Address the needs of the “whole student.” There’s more<br />

to college than what students learn in the classroom.<br />

The Office of Student Life supports programs and<br />

activities beyond the classroom that help students cultivate<br />

wellness, engagement and a sense of community,<br />

from service projects in Amherst County to gatherings<br />

and special events with neighboring colleges, to reactivating<br />

the <strong>College</strong>’s Outdoor Program.<br />

Your gift to the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund will support all of these<br />

initiatives and help make sure that <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> is<br />

prepared to meet the needs of every student and is an example<br />

to colleges around the nation.<br />

To make a gift to the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund, visit sbc.edu/give.<br />

Making a monthly gift to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> allows you to support<br />

the <strong>College</strong> throughout the year. To make a gifts of securities<br />

or a wire transfer, call 800-381-6131. Should you need a gift<br />

agreement established for a pledge, our gift officers will be<br />

happy to set up any reminders for you to support the <strong>College</strong><br />

before June 15, 2019.<br />

What Can You Do to Support<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>?<br />

• Make a gift to the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund<br />

• Wear your <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> colors<br />

• Tell your <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> story<br />

• Sign up to be an admissions ambassador<br />

• Recruit a student<br />

• Read the latest news at sbc.edu/news<br />

Make Your Gift<br />

sbc.edu/give • 800-381-6131<br />

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ALUMNAE BRIEFS<br />

WELCOME TO THE<br />

CLASS OF <strong>2018</strong><br />

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On May 12, <strong>2018</strong>, 61 new graduates of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> joined<br />

the ranks of some 14,000 alumnae. Three recipients of the<br />

M.A.T. degree processed across the stage in the Quad with<br />

these women; all of them received a charge from President<br />

Meredith Woo as they embarked on the next steps of their<br />

journey:<br />

“As I stand here, I am reminded that sometimes where you<br />

study is as important as what you study,” she said. “As the<br />

Class of <strong>2018</strong>, you studied at a place which is a significant<br />

part of American cultural history. … <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> is an important<br />

American legacy. Year after year after year, it produced<br />

women of strength and talent — women who carried<br />

all before them, in their families and communities, always<br />

being ‘useful members’ of their societies as in Indiana Fletcher<br />

Williams’s charge to us.”<br />

She continued: “Cherish the history and beauty of this<br />

place, and carry it in your heart. Remember all the things you<br />

loved here — your long walks, the horse whispers, the mist<br />

that rises over lakes, the shouts from the bleachers — that<br />

helped form who you are today. With the exquisite sensibility<br />

formed in these beautiful surroundings, and the capacity for<br />

love and hope that you have shown, may you go forth, touch<br />

many lives and change them for the better.”<br />

The Class of <strong>2018</strong> is as fierce as any. From Cassie Fenton,<br />

who is pursuing a master’s degree in musicology at the University<br />

of Oxford; to Mackenzie Crary, who has stayed in the<br />

Amherst, Va., area working at GoMeasure3D making 3-D<br />

CAD models; to Jessie Meager, who is now earning a master’s<br />

degree at the University of Virginia in architectural history;<br />

these alumnae are showing the world what <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> women<br />

are made of.<br />

These young women, who bravely began their sophomore<br />

year in the fall of 2015, have been shaped by <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> at a<br />

critical moment in her history. As senior class president Annabeth<br />

Griffin said, “We are so proud to become alumnae; we<br />

are so proud to join the warrior women who came before us.<br />

Wonder Woman has nothing on them, although she would<br />

totally fit in here.”<br />

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ALUMNAE BRIEFS<br />

Alumnae Artists<br />

Come Together for Show<br />

Mimi Holland Dinsmore ’86 has had a career in arts administration,<br />

thanks in part to the arts management certificate she<br />

earned while a student at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. She’s worked in galleries<br />

and museums in Washington, D.C., Mississippi and London.<br />

Most recently, she has served as the gallery director and a guest<br />

curator at The Art Store in Charleston, W.Va. As part of her<br />

work there, she had the opportunity to curate a show for Elisabeth<br />

“Dolly” Wallace Hartman ’53.<br />

Hartman earned a master’s degree from Marshall University<br />

in 1990 and has studied at the Arts Students League in New<br />

York City, the Madison School of Art in Connecticut and<br />

Columbus School of Art in Ohio. She has participated in numerous<br />

workshops led by noted American artists such as Wolf<br />

Kahn, Katherine Liu and Charles Reid. She has a lengthy<br />

exhibition history of solo and group shows around the county<br />

and has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions. Her work<br />

is held in a number of public and private collections, including<br />

at West Virginia University, Farnsworth Library, Morgantown,<br />

W.Va.; Marshall University Graduate Center, South Charleston,<br />

W.Va.; Glenwood Estate in Charleston, W.Va.; and the<br />

Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W.Va. <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> also owns several of her pieces.<br />

Dinsmore extended an invitation to Hartman and her daughter,<br />

Mary, an accomplished artist in her own right, to do a joint<br />

show. Together, Dolly and Mary created new works for a show<br />

called “Lines and Lineage.” Mother and daughter made two individual<br />

bodies of work, but the pieces are linked through the<br />

relationship the women share, as well as their use of line. Their<br />

approach “allows for spontaneous dialogues between strong<br />

linear marks and the powerful use of negative space,” according<br />

to the official description of the show.<br />

“The show reflects maternal lineage and an artistic lineage as<br />

seen in their expressive use of line work,” Dinsmore said. “The<br />

near sell-out show was very well received. Dolly's gracious<br />

manner and everlasting talent really is an inspiration to all who<br />

come in contact with her.”<br />

A Better Way to Stay Connected<br />

This fall, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> will introduce alumnae and friends of<br />

the <strong>College</strong> to iModules, a new platform on the <strong>College</strong>’s website<br />

for engagement and giving. Powered by Encompass, this<br />

platform exchanges data with Banner, the alumnae relations<br />

and development office’s database, ensuring that records in<br />

the Alumnae Directory continue to stay up to date and are<br />

available in a user-friendly, accessible way.<br />

The <strong>College</strong> embarked on a search for a new platform for<br />

alumnae and friends in the fall of 2017. Taking into consideration<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s existing systems and needs for alumnae<br />

to be able to engage with the <strong>College</strong> and with each other, the<br />

alumnae relations and development office evaluated several<br />

different software products and services. Ultimately, the<br />

choice was clear when iModules made their demonstration,<br />

as it uses the <strong>College</strong>’s existing technology while also being<br />

user-friendly for alumnae and friends.<br />

The first phase of the project migrates the existing alumnae<br />

relations and development website to a microsite. In addition<br />

to finding information about alumnae clubs, class leaders,<br />

admissions ambassadors and publications for alumnae and<br />

friends, the site will have two giving forms (one for unrestricted<br />

gifts and one for restricted gifts) and will have two<br />

additional modules to generate excitement about giving: Days<br />

of Giving and Crowdfunding. Each of these components will<br />

allow alumnae and supporters to follow fundraising progress<br />

toward goals in real time, which is especially exciting for<br />

days like #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27, <strong>2018</strong>) and <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

March Days of Giving (March 1-10, 2019).<br />

In addition to fundraising information, alumnae will be able<br />

to see a listing of upcoming alumnae club events around the<br />

country and register for ones nearby. In future phases, classmates<br />

will be able to email each other directly from the new<br />

alumnae portal and can submit their class notes there.<br />

As <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> implements the new alumnae platform<br />

throughout the fall, alumnae should make sure the <strong>College</strong><br />

has their most updated information.<br />

Vsit sbc.edu/alumnae-development/update-yourinformation<br />

or call the alumnae relations and<br />

development office at 800-381-6131.<br />

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In Memoriam:<br />

Renowned Monarch Butterfly Expert Lincoln<br />

Brower Dies, But His Legacy Lives On<br />

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The <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> community was saddened to learn of the<br />

death of Lincoln Brower, a world-renowned entomologist and<br />

research professor at the <strong>College</strong>. Brower died peacefully at<br />

his home in Nelson County in July after an extended illness.<br />

Brower came to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> in 1997 after retiring from the<br />

University of Florida as Distinguished Service Professor of<br />

Zoology, Emeritus, joining his wife and research collaborator,<br />

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Ecology Linda Fink.<br />

Born in New Jersey on Sept. 10, 1931, he was well-known internationally<br />

for his research on the chemical and physiological<br />

ecology of monarch butterflies, and was an ardent conservationist<br />

on their behalf. He worked tirelessly to protect the<br />

monarch’s overwintering habitat in Mexico, raising awareness<br />

through his research reports and dozens of interviews with<br />

national and international media organizations.<br />

“I feel keeping it on the front page is really important,” he<br />

said in a 2013 interview for the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>Magazine</strong>. “To<br />

me, the monarch is a treasure like a great piece of art. We<br />

need to develop a cultural appreciation of wildlife that’s equivalent<br />

to art and music and so forth.”<br />

During his two decades at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, his work also provided<br />

unique opportunities for students, exposing them not only<br />

to the rigors of field and laboratory research but to the scientist’s<br />

role as a communicator. But to students and colleagues<br />

alike, Brower was more than “just” a scientist.<br />

“His prodigious and pivotal contributions to biology were<br />

exceeded only by his humility,” says John Morrissey, a longtime<br />

professor of biology at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. “In fact, I knew him<br />

for two to three years before I realized that he was the Lincoln<br />

Brower who had authored all those amazing papers that I<br />

read as a student! He was simply too warm, too generous,<br />

too gregarious and too thoughtful to be that famous! Simply<br />

stated, he is one of the finest humans that I have ever met.”<br />

Morrissey says he’ll especially remember Brower’s “infectious,”<br />

“unfettered enthusiasm” for the natural world. He<br />

recalls the first time he had dinner at Brower’s home, eagerly<br />

awaiting an evening of interesting conversation about insect<br />

biology. “Instead, he chose to show me a small sampling of<br />

his collection of geodes, complete with his poetic, awe-struck,<br />

nearly tearful description of their beauty,” Morrissey remembers.<br />

“To me, the only thing more beautiful than the accumulation<br />

of crystals lining the cavities of those rocks was the<br />

joy that Lincoln exuded while sharing them with me. I am a<br />

better person for being inspired by him.”<br />

Brower’s impressive career began in 1953, when he received<br />

a B.S. in biology from Princeton University. At Yale University,<br />

he worked with Charles Remington, earning his Ph.D.<br />

in zoology in 1957. A Fulbright Fellowship allowed him to<br />

spend a year in E.B. Ford’s ecological genetics lab at Oxford<br />

University before joining the biology department at Amherst<br />

<strong>College</strong>, where he rose from instructor to the Stone Professor<br />

of Biology. In 1980, he moved to the zoology department at<br />

the University of Florida.<br />

Brower authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific<br />

papers and produced eight films. His early research on insect<br />

adaptive coloration led to collaborations with chemists and<br />

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ecologists in exploring the chemical<br />

ecology of milkweeds, monarch butterflies<br />

and bird predators.<br />

When the winter location of eastern<br />

monarch butterflies was announced<br />

by National Geographic in 1976,<br />

Brower’s focus turned to studying the<br />

extraordinary winter colonies and to the<br />

microclimatic protection provided by<br />

the forests. On his first visit to Mexico<br />

in 1977, he recognized that the colonies<br />

could be lost to deforestation, and his<br />

work expanded to include conservation<br />

of this endangered phenomenon.<br />

It was during one such visit in 2005<br />

that he met Medford Taylor, a renowned<br />

photojournalist who now<br />

teaches at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong>. Taylor<br />

had decided to photograph the monarch<br />

butterfly sanctuaries in Michoacán.<br />

Brower connected him with the right<br />

people, Taylor says, in addition to briefing<br />

him on his work.<br />

“I was fortunate to climb and ride<br />

horses up the mountains to those<br />

colonies with Lincoln [after that],”<br />

Taylor recalls. “Standing in those fir<br />

tree forests bursting with millions of<br />

butterflies with this world-renowned<br />

scientist was a spiritual experience for<br />

me. Lincoln never talked about Lincoln;<br />

it was always about his work, photography,<br />

politics, the environment — and<br />

he listened. He was a gentle soul, a man<br />

of high intellect and a gentleman of the<br />

highest order. I feel honored and very<br />

humbled to have called him friend. His<br />

work and his spirit will live on.”<br />

Brower conducted field and laboratory<br />

research to understand the monarch’s<br />

habitat requirements, worked with conservation<br />

organizations and government<br />

agencies to design the monarch butterfly<br />

reserves, and encouraged the public to<br />

care about monarchs through innumerable<br />

public lectures and consulting for<br />

dozens of articles, books and documentaries.<br />

In 2013, President Jimmy Carter<br />

joined him on a visit to Mexico to learn<br />

more about the monarchs — one of<br />

the highlights of his life, Brower said.<br />

In 2015, Brower was a signatory on the<br />

petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife<br />

Service to designate the monarch butterfly<br />

as a threatened species.<br />

Brower’s awards include the E.O.<br />

Wilson Award of the Center for Biological<br />

Diversity, Reconocimiento a la<br />

Conservacion de la Naturaleza from the<br />

Mexican federal government, the Marsh<br />

Award of the Royal Entomological<br />

Society, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal<br />

from Yale, the Henry Bates Award of<br />

the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera,<br />

the Distinguished Animal Behaviorist<br />

Award of the Animal Behavior<br />

Society and the Linnaean Medal for<br />

Zoology. He was a fellow of the Royal<br />

Entomological Society and Explorers<br />

Club, the Entomological Society of<br />

America, an honorary life member<br />

of the Lepidopterists’ Society, and a<br />

research associate of the Smithsonian<br />

Institution and the McGuire Center<br />

for Lepidoptera at the University of<br />

Florida.<br />

Brower is survived by his wife, two<br />

children, two grandchildren, his brother,<br />

three German shepherds and two<br />

cats. His professional family includes<br />

research collaborators, former graduate<br />

and undergraduate honors students<br />

and conservation professionals around<br />

the world. A celebration of his life was<br />

held at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s butterfly research<br />

garden in September.<br />

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inMEMORIAM<br />

sbc.edu<br />

1933<br />

Margaret Milam McDermott<br />

May 3, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1936<br />

Arnold Susong Jones<br />

December 16, 2016<br />

1939<br />

Dorothy Langdon Timmons<br />

August 25, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1940<br />

Olive Whittington Ehrich<br />

September 8, 2015<br />

Eleanor “Ellie” Snow Lea<br />

August 26, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1944<br />

Betty Farinholt Cockrill<br />

May 22, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Lucille Randall Southerland<br />

May 3, 2012<br />

1945<br />

Anne Macfarlane Clark<br />

July 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Nancy Ellen Feazell Kent<br />

April 19, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Sally Martin Manning<br />

April 26 <strong>2018</strong><br />

1946<br />

Lucy-Charles Jones Bendall<br />

September 5, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1947<br />

Shirley Small Edwards<br />

August 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Aimee Des Pland McGirt<br />

June 25, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Suzanne Fitzgerald Van Horne<br />

June 29, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1949<br />

Nancy Ellen Craig Carter<br />

June 6, 2015<br />

Mary Goode “Goodie” Geer DiRaddo<br />

May 29, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Sarah Gay Lanford<br />

June 25, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Margaret Towers Talman<br />

September 5, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Anne Fiske Thompson<br />

July 10, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Nancy Jones Worcester<br />

April 27, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1950<br />

Frances Martin Lindsay<br />

August 5, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Julia Freels Chwalik<br />

January 4, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Sally Lane Johnson<br />

July 31, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Elsie Landram Layton<br />

June 6, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Louise Streeter Smith<br />

May 16, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1951<br />

Julie Micou Eastwood<br />

Date unknown<br />

Jean Duerson Bade<br />

June 19, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1952<br />

Mary Barcus Hunter<br />

August 15, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Jane Ramsay Olmsted<br />

July 14, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1953<br />

Anne Elliott Caskie<br />

April 22, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Martha Moore Cuenod<br />

May 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Caroline Miller Ewing<br />

September 8, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1955<br />

Marcia “Sandy” Rhodes Berglund<br />

April 30, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1957<br />

Patricia Lodewick<br />

May 25, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Elynor “Suzy” Neblett Stephens<br />

August 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Jane Rather Thiebaud<br />

April 29, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1958<br />

Elizabeth “Beth” Mears Kurtz<br />

August 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1959<br />

Ann Smith Heist<br />

Date unknown<br />

Trudie Jackson Smither<br />

Oct. 19, 2016<br />

1961<br />

Suzanne Taylor Gouyer<br />

August 25, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1962<br />

Judith Abernethy Kyle<br />

December 3, 2017<br />

1963<br />

Carol Crowley Karm<br />

June 29, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Cynthia “Cinnie” Hooton Magowan<br />

August 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1964<br />

Jillian Cody Jones<br />

June 5, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1972<br />

Edith “Edie” Duncan Wessel<br />

January 22, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1973<br />

Gwendolyn Ferguson Bates<br />

February 1, <strong>2018</strong><br />

Lucinda Young Larson<br />

January 11, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1975<br />

Laura-Hope Walton Griffin<br />

May 1, 2013<br />

Gale Hirst<br />

September 3, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1980<br />

Anna Carter Kendall<br />

June 6, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1995<br />

Kelly “Pepper” Coggshall<br />

September 23, <strong>2018</strong><br />

1996<br />

Rebecca Arkus<br />

June 21, <strong>2018</strong><br />

2016<br />

Meredith Haga Fox<br />

July 20, <strong>2018</strong><br />

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CLASSnotes<br />

1947<br />

Linda McKoy Stewart<br />

18 Osprey Lane<br />

Rumson, NJ 07760<br />

lmckstewart@verizon.net<br />

A note for our 1947 graduates<br />

from Mary Ames Booker ’82: I<br />

would like to share that my Aunt<br />

Suzanne Fitzgerald VanHorne ’47<br />

passed away in June at the age of 92.<br />

She majored in art history and was a<br />

fine pianist and did both as careers<br />

while raising two sons. She was my<br />

mother’s (Kay Fitzgerald Booker’s)<br />

twin sister, and passed away on the<br />

same day, 18 years apart. I’m sure<br />

they visit the SBC campus together<br />

now! They are sorely missed here.<br />

1949<br />

Preston Hodges Hill<br />

3910 S Hillcrest Dr.<br />

Denver, Colo. 80237<br />

edhillj@earthlink.net<br />

Katie Cox Reynolds reports<br />

that she and Phil have moved into<br />

a smaller more conveniently located<br />

apartment in their retirement home.<br />

New address is 60 Loeffler Rd. P316<br />

Bloomfield, CT 06002. They had<br />

several visits with their children<br />

this summer and most accompanied<br />

them to a memorial of a dear friend<br />

held on Cape Cod. A granddaughter<br />

is in graduate school in Boulder, CO,<br />

for a year’s study in Early Childhood<br />

Education. Her bother is living in<br />

Denver.<br />

Caroline Casey Brandt, our<br />

class president, reports that all of our<br />

Richmond ’49ers live in Westminster-Canterbury<br />

Retirement Home,<br />

as does she. Libby Trueheart Harris<br />

is in the Health Care unit and is in<br />

failing health, Margaret Towers Talman<br />

is doing well, Kitty Hart Belew<br />

is there as well. All have recently celebrated<br />

90th birthdays. Caroline has<br />

given her outstanding collection of<br />

miniature books to the UVA. The<br />

Miniature Book Society met recently<br />

in Charlottesville, and Caroline,<br />

accompanied by most of her family,<br />

attended a celebration honoring her.<br />

The Society has published a catalog<br />

of the 100 most important books<br />

in the collection. She has given a<br />

copy of it to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Caroline’s<br />

ex-banker son is now an Episcopal<br />

priest in Richmond, serving at their<br />

family church. He recently had successful<br />

cancer surgery. She has a married<br />

granddaughter living in Boulder<br />

and another living in France. The one<br />

in France had a very premature baby,<br />

but after months in neonatal care,<br />

the baby is at home and doing well.<br />

Carter Van Deventer Slattery<br />

lives in Knoxville, TN. She visits<br />

her house at Hilton Head Beach,<br />

N.C., or Tennessee, and she is blessed<br />

with eight grandchildren and a<br />

great-granddaughter named “Carter”!<br />

Ruth Garrett Preucel lives in<br />

Santa Fe, N.M. She recently moved<br />

there after living fifty years in Philadelphia.<br />

She is living in an “adobe”<br />

(clay) house her architect daughter<br />

designed and built for her. Ruth<br />

also has a son who is a professor at<br />

Brown University and one who lives<br />

in California. She is more interested<br />

in the future than the past!<br />

Carolyn Cannady Evans still<br />

(10 years) lives in a large retirement<br />

home 15 miles from Dulles Airport.<br />

She welcomes “en route” overnight<br />

guests! Two of her four daughters<br />

live nearby, two in Raleigh, N.C. Her<br />

son is in Baltimore. They gather frequently.<br />

Carolyn enjoys working in<br />

clay, sculpturing, and making pots,<br />

etc. She walks her dog daily and is<br />

in good health. She and her children<br />

take a “Sibling & Mom” trip around<br />

the country every year!<br />

Sarah Melcher Jarvis passed<br />

away on Sept. 15, 2017. She raised<br />

four children and wrote children’s<br />

stories for Humpty Dumpty magazine<br />

that were later published as two<br />

books, “Little Plays for Little People”<br />

and “Fried Onion and Marshmallows.”<br />

Sally taught English for several<br />

years at Lancaster County Day<br />

School and was a writer and editor at<br />

Continental Press. As the assistant<br />

director of the North Museum from<br />

’74 to ’92, she initiated the “Rambles”<br />

travel program, leading local excursions<br />

as well as expeditions to China,<br />

Egypt, Russia and Scotland. Sally<br />

was a 50-year member of First Presbyterian<br />

Church, where she served as<br />

an elder, and helped write its history<br />

on its 275th anniversary. She was<br />

a past board member of Demuth<br />

Foundation, Planned Parenthood,<br />

Lancaster Summer Arts Festival,<br />

Friends of Lancaster County Library,<br />

and a member of the National<br />

Society of The Colonial Dames of<br />

America. She is survived by four<br />

children, eight grandchildren, and<br />

five great-greatgrandchildren.<br />

I continue to live in my home<br />

of 54 years in Denver. My children<br />

are out of state but come often, and<br />

Margaret’s close friend from prep<br />

school has moved to Denver, which<br />

is great for me. My son Gene continues<br />

his work in health care, his wife,<br />

Joan, lectures on her book Chasing<br />

Miracles and does a blog monthly<br />

on health issues. Their oldest son is<br />

an ER doctor in Chicago and has<br />

my year and a half old great-grandchild,<br />

Enzo Dylan. Alyssa Hill is<br />

an attorney in NYC and Greg Hill<br />

works in the wine industry in Napa,<br />

CA. Margaret Hill Hilton is a Senior<br />

Sales Executive for Cox Communications<br />

in Las Vegas. Her son<br />

Palmer finished law School at UNC<br />

Chapel Hill. I joined that family for<br />

the graduation in May followed by<br />

a delightful few days in Charleston<br />

& Myrtle Beach. Ginny Hill Martinson<br />

and Lowell live in Ojai, CA.<br />

(fortunately their house survived the<br />

fires last fall). Ginny is enjoying renewed<br />

interest in art and has joined<br />

the Patel Society there. Her 19-yearold<br />

twins have just finished freshman<br />

year at the University of Colorado<br />

Boulder for Michael (in aerospace<br />

engineering) and Boston at Berklee<br />

School of Music for Karen.<br />

All of us are thrilled with our<br />

percentage of giving to the Annual<br />

Fund.<br />

1952<br />

Pat Layne Winks<br />

312 Arguello Blvd., Apt. 3<br />

San Francisco, CA 94118<br />

415-221-6779<br />

plwinks@earthlink.net<br />

Trips I’ve taken this year have<br />

enabled me to connect with some<br />

of you. A June visit to Boston, current<br />

home of my granddaughter,<br />

included a special added attraction:<br />

seeing Joanne Holbrook Patton<br />

at her home in Topsfield. After so<br />

many years regretting my inability to<br />

join many of you at one of Joanne’s<br />

summer picnics at Green Meadows<br />

Farm, I finally made it! Joanne and<br />

I settled in for happy reminiscing,<br />

looking through photograph albums.<br />

Joanne continues to stay active, undeterred<br />

by physical limitations.<br />

In the spring she went to D.C. for<br />

a women’s leadership conference<br />

at George Washington University,<br />

where she was honored for her years<br />

of outstanding service. Recently, the<br />

sailing ship once owned by the Patton<br />

family was put to shore near the<br />

Hamilton museum, which houses<br />

the Patton archives. Joanne, with her<br />

equipment, was hoisted aboard, then<br />

photographed at the helm beside the<br />

captain, as if they were ready to sail<br />

off to sea.<br />

Another trip I took this year – to<br />

London and Paris – was brightened<br />

by Pauline Wells Bolton, former<br />

roommate and Junior Year in France<br />

companion. Pauly had recommended<br />

a London hotel that was a real gem.<br />

She and her sister Josephine Wells<br />

Rodgers ’53 go to Europe nearly every<br />

year. Once <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s Junior<br />

Year in France has cast its spell, we<br />

stay spellbound! Recently fellow<br />

JYF’er Ann Whittingham Smith<br />

attended a theater presentation of<br />

Cyrano de Bergerac in the company<br />

of an Alliance Francçaise group. Ann<br />

and I observed that people seem to<br />

speak French so quickly these days!<br />

Ann has resumed playing the piano<br />

and has joined a chamber music<br />

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group. She also sings in the church<br />

choir and participates in a choral<br />

group that visits nursing homes.<br />

We continue to lose beloved<br />

classmates and their spouses. The<br />

obituary for Jane Ramsay Olmsted<br />

reminds us what a remarkable woman<br />

she was. After <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, Jane<br />

studied at the Corcoran School of<br />

Art. Her paintings are in numerous<br />

public and private permanent collections.<br />

She was actively involved<br />

in garden beautification as a floral<br />

designer and judge of flower shows.<br />

A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier<br />

(an organization of women in<br />

the culinary industry), she wrote<br />

restaurant reviews and pursued her<br />

passionate interest in the cuisine and<br />

culture of Italy. For many years she<br />

planned receptions for club members<br />

and international dignitaries at<br />

the Sulgrave Club in D.C. Definitely<br />

a Renaissance woman!<br />

Nancy Hamel Clark is recovering<br />

from hip replacement surgery<br />

with the loving help of her children.<br />

Her daughter Ann, an educational<br />

consultant, is working with University<br />

of North Carolina’s chancellor,<br />

Margaret Spellings, on ways to improve<br />

the quality of teacher education<br />

and recognize its importance.<br />

Nancy has a project of her own:<br />

She writes articles for her retirement<br />

community newsletter, and especially<br />

enjoys interviewing residents and<br />

researching the community’s Quaker<br />

history.<br />

Pat Beach Thompson, at her<br />

home outside Mt. Kisco, N.Y., not<br />

only gardens but dredges the stream<br />

that leads to their pond! We agreed<br />

that California could benefit from<br />

the rain that has been inundating her<br />

part of the country. Pat has a wonderful<br />

plan to prepare a set of SBC<br />

classmate photographs with brief<br />

commentary for each. If we can’t reunite<br />

in person, we can still see and<br />

greet each other. What I have found<br />

especially rewarding in acting as your<br />

secretary is picking up that old-fashioned<br />

instrument, the telephone –<br />

no smart apps needed – and talking<br />

to classmates. Try it! I count on you<br />

to keep in touch – with each other,<br />

with me, and with the <strong>College</strong>.<br />

1953<br />

Florence Pye Apy<br />

40 Riverside Ave, Apt. 6Y<br />

Red Bank, NJ 07701<br />

floapy@verizon.net<br />

Our 65th Reunion has ended.<br />

Although the number of classmates<br />

attending was fewer than we had<br />

hoped for, the nine of us there were<br />

happy to be back to our beautiful,<br />

renewed campus and visit with one<br />

another. Here’s who came: Ginnie<br />

Hudson Toone, Flo Pye Apy and<br />

Chet, Maggie McClung and David,<br />

Harriette Hodges Andrews, Jane<br />

Perry Liles, Katzy Bailey Nager<br />

and C.J., Kirk Tucker Clarkson and<br />

Jack, June Arata Pickett and Dolly<br />

Wallace Hartman. Family members<br />

added another welcomed dimension<br />

to the gathering. The Apys had four<br />

members of the family there: son<br />

David and wife Tricia, and granddaughter<br />

Emily Bera with husband<br />

Danny. Ginnie and her brother,<br />

Repps, drove all the way from Carrollton,<br />

MO, and Dolly was transported<br />

by son John. I heard from<br />

several other members of the class,<br />

including M.A. Mellon Root and<br />

Jeanne Duff, both of whom wanted<br />

to come but could not find appropriate<br />

transportation. Unfortunately,<br />

the Southern Railroad and trains<br />

no longer stop at Monroe station as<br />

they did when we were there.<br />

I will be returning to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

the last weekend in October with my<br />

granddaughter, Marissa Apy, where<br />

she will take part in an engineering<br />

demonstration program for prospective<br />

students.<br />

Too frequently this column ends<br />

on a sad note. Unfortunately, since<br />

our last alumnae gathering, two of<br />

our classmates have died, Anne Elliott<br />

Caskie and Martha Moore<br />

Cuenod. Anne fell down steps while<br />

exiting the Sunday service at her<br />

church in Richmond, on Sunday,<br />

April 15. Sadly, she died a week later<br />

as a result of her injuries. Anne<br />

was born in Birmingham, AL. She<br />

married Challen Ellis Caskie, who<br />

predeceased her, as did her brother<br />

George. During the course of her<br />

marriage to Challen, she moved<br />

many times, ultimately settling in<br />

Richmond, where she was a member<br />

of St. James Episcopal Church, the<br />

Senior Board of Children’s Hospitals,<br />

the Country Club of Virginia,<br />

and the Junior League. She is survived<br />

by her daughter, Trudy Caskie<br />

Porter, and her husband, Cliff; three<br />

grandchildren, Anne Pulliam and<br />

husband Dave, Caroline Porter, and<br />

Borden Porter; and her brother John<br />

Elliot. We will miss her.<br />

Martha Moore Cuenod died<br />

May 23, at age 86. She was born in<br />

Houston, TX. She graduated from<br />

Lamar High School, attended <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong>, and graduated from the University<br />

of Texas at Austin. She married<br />

Marc Cuenod in 1954 at Christ<br />

Church Cathedral in Houston,<br />

where they started to raise their children.<br />

Later they moved to Galveston.<br />

In both cities she served on the Episcopal<br />

Altar Guilds, the Board of Directors<br />

of the American Red Cross,<br />

and as an active member of the Junior<br />

League. In 2008 she and Marc<br />

returned to Houston to be closer<br />

to their children and grandchildren.<br />

Martha is survived by her husband,<br />

two daughters, one son, one granddaughter,<br />

one grandson, and two<br />

great grandchildren. Our sympathy<br />

goes out to her entire family.<br />

P.S. In an uncontested election<br />

Ginnie and Flo were returned to office<br />

as president and secretary of the<br />

class.<br />

1954<br />

Bruce Watts Krucke<br />

201 West 9th St. N.-Unit 1844<br />

Summerville, SC 29483<br />

bwkrucke@gmail.com<br />

The good news is that there are<br />

no new obituaries to start these brief<br />

notes. The other good news is that<br />

our class is very near the top in percentage<br />

of giving to the most recent<br />

fund drive. The bad news is that I got<br />

few responses to my recent email requesting<br />

to hear from you. I am not<br />

able to handwrite to all you ’54 people;<br />

so if you have an email address<br />

and don’t hear from me, please send<br />

your email address to mine above,<br />

and you’ll get occasional notes from<br />

me. Thanks.<br />

Shirley Poulson Broyles writes<br />

that they are hoping to move into a<br />

new active adult retirement community<br />

that will be ready next year. She<br />

doesn’t look forward to the de-cluttering<br />

and downsizing process!<br />

Norris took his children and her<br />

children on a cruise to the Western<br />

Caribbean last November to celebrate<br />

a birthday of Shirley’s ending<br />

in “5,” which will remain undisclosed.<br />

Then she and Norris went in February<br />

to Belmond Maroma in Mexico<br />

to celebrate their 25th anniversary.<br />

This Christmas they are going with<br />

a group of friends to the Eastern<br />

Caribbean, since their children are<br />

all with their own children at Christmas.<br />

They still go to Hilton Head<br />

when the children are not using the<br />

beach house. Shirley is giving up her<br />

apartment in Baltimore in late September,<br />

and they will stay in a hotel<br />

when visiting family there. She says<br />

they are slowing down a bit but still<br />

having fun. Both of them are doing<br />

yoga and have physical and massage<br />

therapy to keep the bods in shape!<br />

Shirley says she has to keep moving<br />

with seven great-grandsons, one<br />

great-granddaughter and number<br />

nine due next February.<br />

Thinking about next year being<br />

our 65th reunion, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> can’t<br />

locate our class banner. Do any of<br />

you have it or know where it might<br />

be? It’s not at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, and none<br />

of your class officers have it. They are<br />

expensive to replace, so we’re hoping<br />

it can be located.<br />

Caroline “Kobo” Chobot Garner<br />

writes that in May <strong>2018</strong> her<br />

daughter Laurie, granddaughter<br />

Caroline, and she flew to Calgary,<br />

British Columbia, rented a car, and<br />

toured the Banff/Lake Louise area.<br />

It was a six-day trip, and they were<br />

pleased to still be speaking to each<br />

other at the end! Laurie remarked<br />

— “Have you ever planned a trip for<br />

an 80-year-old, a 50-year-old, and a<br />

20-year-old??”<br />

No, I haven’t, but Mary Jane<br />

Roos Fenn has. She got back in<br />

August from a week’s vacation with<br />

her daughter Susan, and Susan’s<br />

daughter Dana, at her old stomping<br />

grounds, her beloved Shelter Island,<br />

N.Y. Last year they all went to Bermuda<br />

together, and the threesome<br />

plans to take an annual trip together<br />

from now on.<br />

Mary Hill Noble Caperton<br />

writes that she is happy in her retirement<br />

condo community, keeping<br />

very busy on several committees<br />

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there and doing things in town as<br />

well. She still goes to water aerobics<br />

at one of the city pools five mornings<br />

a week and walks her Jack Russell<br />

terrier 3 to 4 times a day. The views<br />

from up on the hill there are wonderful,<br />

and she feasts on them every<br />

time she ventures out or looks out<br />

the windows, which is often. There<br />

are mountains to the east and west<br />

and the landscaping is beautiful<br />

there at the complex. Landscaping<br />

is one of the committees she’s on.<br />

Mary Hill hopes we are all dealing<br />

with our advancing age well. We are<br />

sending our hopeful and prayerful<br />

thoughts to Mary Hill’s son Doug,<br />

who underwent a nine-hour surgery<br />

for pancreatic cancer in late August.<br />

The prognosis is good.<br />

We can always count on Jerry<br />

Driesbach Ludeke for some interesting<br />

adventures. In July she treated<br />

herself to a month-long trip with all<br />

transportation paid for with points.<br />

She first flew from Bakersfield to<br />

Charlottesville for a week’s visit with<br />

her sister Georgia. From there she<br />

took Amtrak to Arlington for a week<br />

with a granddaughter, her husband,<br />

and the two great-grandsons (one of<br />

whom she met for the first time). Jerry<br />

finds that spending time in Washington,<br />

D.C., is always fun. Her new<br />

great find was the Hillwood Estate,<br />

Museum, and Gardens of Marjorie<br />

Meriweather Post. They are extraordinary!<br />

(I wonder if there’s any connection<br />

with our late classmate Meri<br />

Hodges Major.) From there, Jerry<br />

flew to Pittsburgh, where she took an<br />

excursion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s<br />

<strong>Fall</strong>ing Water, which exceeded her<br />

expectations. In Pittsburgh she<br />

boarded the American Line’s Queen<br />

of the Mississippi for a ten-day trip<br />

down the Ohio River to St. Louis.<br />

The day she got off the boat she<br />

boarded the Texas Eagle Amtrak for<br />

a four-day ride back to Bakersfield.<br />

That train goes right along the border<br />

with Mexico. Jerry pronounced<br />

all this a fun trip!<br />

Bill and I join those mentioned<br />

above who are happy in their retirement<br />

communities. We too are very<br />

involved here. I’m half-way though<br />

my term as president of the Residents<br />

Council. We don’t meet in<br />

July and August, and I have pages<br />

of things that people have come to<br />

me about during those free months.<br />

There have been huge changes here<br />

this year with the opening of a new<br />

18-apartment residential building<br />

and a new 88-bed medical and rehab<br />

center. We also have just gotten<br />

a new executive director — hope he<br />

doesn’t change everything. In July<br />

we joined my sister Virginia Watts<br />

Fournier ’44 for a few days at North<br />

Topsail Island, N.C. Our families<br />

have been meeting there for 20 years,<br />

but this is probably the last one —<br />

we have aged out.<br />

If you don’t see notes about anyone<br />

you remember or yourself, you<br />

know why! I can’t write what nobody<br />

tells me. Please send me emails or little<br />

letters about you and your family.<br />

Inquiring minds want to know.<br />

1955<br />

Emily Hunter Slingluff<br />

1217 North Bay Shore Drive<br />

Virginia Beach, VA 23451<br />

emilyslingluff@aol.com<br />

Starting with deaths of classmates:<br />

Patricia Collins Massa<br />

passed away in February and Rosemary<br />

Mancill Berry in April. We<br />

send much sympathy to their families.<br />

Mary Reed Simpson Daugette’s<br />

daughter kindly wrote about her<br />

some months ago, saying that her<br />

mother had the flu last winter and<br />

was in the hospital, followed by four<br />

weeks of rehab, and that it had been<br />

a setback for her. She can no longer<br />

use the telephone and will probably<br />

remain in a wheelchair. She had<br />

traveled to two of four weddings of<br />

her grandchildren in 2017 and was<br />

thrilled to have a great-grandchild<br />

born in Birmingham in October and<br />

named Mary Simpson Nolan.<br />

Nella Gray Barkley gave the<br />

commencement address at <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> this year.<br />

Dede Harrison Austin is “alert,”<br />

said her husband, Larry. She can see<br />

and read but cannot talk or eat or<br />

move. Seven years ago, a church van<br />

ran into the car she was driving, with<br />

Larry by her side, as they were going<br />

to their house in the North Carolina<br />

mountains. She is staying in a<br />

hospital bed in her beautiful living<br />

room, facing the fireplace. Various<br />

machines are connected to her, along<br />

the wall, so hardly noticeable in the<br />

lovely setting. Larry seems to be by<br />

her side much of the time but also<br />

has professional care for her at all<br />

times. Her children seem to come<br />

often, too, and I saw many good,<br />

happy photos of them when I was<br />

there. When I first looked at Dede, I<br />

immediately thought, “You still look<br />

like you did at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>!” It seems<br />

that lying in bed nonstop keeps<br />

wrinkles away! The scenario there<br />

keeps coming to my mind. Larry is a<br />

gold star husband. Dede is gold star<br />

too, always has been, and still is. It is<br />

a terrible situation, but also heartwarming<br />

to see the loving care.<br />

Kay Roberts McHaney phoned<br />

and what a treat it was to reconnect<br />

with her! Her life sounds most interesting<br />

although her husband has<br />

Alzheimer’s. Kay was only at <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> for two years, feeling a desire,<br />

as many of our Texas classmates did,<br />

to also go to the University of Texas.<br />

However, she has fond memories<br />

of SBC and went back for the 1954<br />

graduation to see her good friend,<br />

Cathy Munds ’54, graduate. After<br />

that, she said she went on a driving<br />

trip across the country and then<br />

even on to Hawaii for a while, too,<br />

with three of our classmates, Nancy<br />

Douthat, Jane Lindsey, and Susan<br />

Seward. Kay’s father had owned the<br />

newspaper in Victoria, The Victoria<br />

Advocate, since the early 1940s. It<br />

is Texas’s second oldest continually<br />

operating paper. Since his death<br />

some years ago, Kay and her brother<br />

have been involved with the paper.<br />

She still participates on the editorial<br />

board and the ethics committee. She<br />

and her husband, Jim, met when they<br />

were both living in Victoria and were<br />

in second grade. He became a chemical<br />

engineer, and they lived in California<br />

and in Ohio for 10 years before<br />

moving back to Victoria, where<br />

her husband became involved with<br />

the paper. When in Hudson, OH,<br />

she was friends with Mary Ann Mellon<br />

Root ’53. Kay and Jim have three<br />

sons and a daughter, and all are living<br />

in Texas. One son is in Longview,<br />

with the paper the family bought six<br />

years ago. Another son is an attorney<br />

in Austin. Her daughter and another<br />

son live in Victoria with their families.<br />

There are 12 grandchildren,<br />

the oldest is 24 and the youngest are<br />

twins age 8. She has been involved in<br />

many organizations. She helped create<br />

the history museum on the Victoria<br />

<strong>College</strong> campus, where she was<br />

the first woman on the board and is<br />

still serving on that board after 30<br />

years. She worked closely with the<br />

Victoria Symphony and is still chair<br />

of the endowment, she was a part of<br />

creating the Bach Festival, now in its<br />

43rd season, and was the first woman<br />

on the Victoria County Hospital<br />

board where she was also chairman.<br />

She loves traveling, which she thinks<br />

may go back to that trip across this<br />

country with SBC friends! She has<br />

also taken two <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> trips, one<br />

in 2005 to Peru, Machu Picchu, and<br />

the Amazon and another in 2007<br />

to other places in South America.<br />

Also, she has traveled with her husband<br />

and on separate trips with her<br />

children to India, Egypt, Morocco,<br />

Spain, and Alaska. As she said, life is<br />

busy, and also happy.<br />

Newell Bryan Tozzer is happily<br />

staying in her house where she has<br />

been for many years. Son Brent and<br />

his wife, who is the daughter of Sue<br />

Lawton Mobley’s first cousin, also<br />

live in Atlanta. Brent works with<br />

the bookstore at Emory University.<br />

Newell’s daughter, Ellen, and her<br />

husband and their three children<br />

have recently moved to Callaway<br />

Gardens, a resort town a little over<br />

an hour from Atlanta. Newell is involved<br />

at All Saints Church and on<br />

the board of Historic Oakland Cemetery.<br />

Ethel Green Banta is still living<br />

in her nice historic house in Natchez,<br />

MS. This summer, she went<br />

to Seattle to visit her youngest, Kate,<br />

and “her wonderful family.” Ethel<br />

said it was a long trip, but worth<br />

it! She has another daughter, Alice,<br />

in Richmond, who is the vet for the<br />

city of Richmond, and a son, Jim, in<br />

Richmond, where he is VP of Capital<br />

One Bank. Between the two of<br />

them, she has six grandchildren; so<br />

she says she really enjoys her visits to<br />

Richmond. Her oldest child, Ruth,<br />

lives in Northampton, MA, where<br />

she is CEO of Pathlight, an organization<br />

to help people with special<br />

needs. Last Christmas, she visited<br />

Ruth and was caught in the Atlanta<br />

airport shutdown: 100,000 people<br />

in the terminal and no power except<br />

from their cell phones! But, as she<br />

said, somehow, they all survived!<br />

Jane Feltus Welch writes, since<br />

leaving Natchez years ago after her<br />

marriage, she is feeling older. She<br />

said she has had pneumonia and that<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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she pulled some tendons or muscles<br />

in one leg. But, Jane felt she would<br />

be better soon! Also, she said that<br />

she had been in New York City the<br />

week before, for a week, and was able<br />

to see The Iceman Cometh and My<br />

Fair Lady. She enjoyed being in her<br />

apartment there, which she recently<br />

had upgraded to be fresher and more<br />

“with it!” She says she can enjoy relaxing<br />

there, while at her house, Jessamine<br />

Hill, in Kentucky, something<br />

is always going happening! In April<br />

she went with son Jim and daughter<br />

Lucy and Lucy’s husband to San<br />

Francisco for the marriage of another<br />

daughter, Eliza, who lives there and<br />

is a chaplain for Hospice. Among<br />

other things, Jane belongs to a foreign<br />

affairs group that meets every<br />

month and requires preparation and<br />

to a book club. She mentioned that<br />

she had the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Open House<br />

at her house last winter and enjoyed<br />

that, and shortly after, met our new<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> president and was very<br />

impressed with her.<br />

Ginger Chamblin Greene came<br />

with her friend, Fred Landess, to a<br />

party that my friend Doug Mackall<br />

had at his Charlottesville condo<br />

during the University of Virginia<br />

Law School Reunion in May. Fred<br />

and Doug were classmates some<br />

years ago. Ginger looked fabulous<br />

and seemed so happy. It was a treat<br />

for me to have a small visit with her.<br />

We feel so connected as do most of<br />

us from our wonderful class at <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

Pam Compton Ware our May<br />

Queen, writes, “We can’t be this old!<br />

In my head I don’t feel it, but the<br />

body tells it like it is. ‘Life is swell<br />

when you keep well.’ Remember that<br />

one? It’s the current game plan. I feel<br />

blessed with my wonderful sons,<br />

their wives, and nine grandchildren,<br />

eldest graduated, two in college, six<br />

in high school/junior high. Hobbies<br />

remain as before: gardening (joints<br />

permitting), reading, church activities,<br />

and bridge (unremarkable).<br />

However, genealogy has captivated<br />

me, and I’ve spent hours researching<br />

several family lines, but I won’t bore<br />

you with that. Dig into your own,<br />

though; it is fascinating. As an SBC<br />

government major, I was long ago<br />

bitten by history as it is happening,<br />

and heaven knows there’s been a lot<br />

of that going on. Yes, I’m an addicted<br />

news junkie, as well as a Jersey Shore<br />

worshipper, where our annual Pilgrimage<br />

takes place with as many as<br />

we can crowd in. Often I think of our<br />

idyllic time at SBC and am so grateful<br />

it is still alive with new direction<br />

and purpose. I miss the wonder of all<br />

that and especially all of you.”<br />

Emily Hunter Slingluff is enjoying<br />

life in the same house on the bay<br />

and close to the ocean for about forty<br />

years. Her daughter is several houses<br />

away and her son nearby in Charlottesville.<br />

It is a thrill to stay in touch with<br />

wonderful <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> classmates. I<br />

enjoy playing bridge and spend lots<br />

of time speaking and writing about<br />

parenting. My first book, A Present<br />

to the Newborn, has just come out in<br />

audio, with a sympathetic narrator,<br />

and is available on Amazon. This is<br />

exciting for me, and I hope will help<br />

parents with a child of any age. At<br />

one of our convocations, our <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> president, Anne Gary Pannell,<br />

said, “When you educate a woman,<br />

you educate the world.” Yes, mothering<br />

matters. <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> mattered,<br />

too.<br />

1956<br />

Mary Ann H. Willingham<br />

P.O. Box 728<br />

Skyland, N.C. 28776<br />

hicklinw@bellsouth.net<br />

Thanks to each of you who either<br />

sent an e-mail or a real letter!<br />

You make my job fun! You all are<br />

great! I have always maintained that<br />

old friends are the best; so especially<br />

good to hear from you – and we are<br />

old!<br />

Ann Greer Adams was treated<br />

to a “step back in time” last spring<br />

when her son and his wife included<br />

her on a trip to Virginia to pick<br />

up their daughter, who was finishing<br />

her freshman year at W&L.<br />

She says Lexington looked just as it<br />

did 60 years ago, when she was last<br />

there. They took her to SBC, where<br />

they walked the whole campus. Particularly<br />

interesting she says is the<br />

columbarium around the perimeter<br />

of the Monument, where several of<br />

our friends are buried: Mr. Hapala,<br />

Dr. Nelson and Helen McMahon.<br />

Then on to Charlottesville for the<br />

full Virginia tour, loving every minute<br />

of “remembering.”<br />

Bunny Burwell Nesbit writes<br />

that she is living a wonderfully full<br />

life in a continuing care community<br />

in Sarasota, FL. A highlight of the<br />

year was the 100th Reunion of her<br />

dad’s family in Upperville, VA, which<br />

lasted 11 days! Lots of other SBC alums<br />

(’52,’55,’58,’66,’82, &’84) we’re in<br />

attendance, making it a super special<br />

event!<br />

Macie Clay Nichols shared<br />

lots of Kentucky news. Meredith<br />

Smythe Grider spent the summer<br />

in Michigan, having previously sold<br />

her gift-ice cream shop there. Each<br />

of her three daughters spent some<br />

of the summer with her. For the past<br />

two summers Macie has followed<br />

campers to Beaufort, N.C., where<br />

she enjoyed good times with Mishew<br />

Cooper and her husband, Murray<br />

Williams, who now live there in a<br />

condo with a marvelous ocean view.<br />

She also reconnected with some old<br />

UNC friends. Macie tells us that<br />

Norma Davis has moved from Tunica,<br />

MS, to a retirement community<br />

in Memphis, where Norma is very<br />

content. Norma had called Macie for<br />

a Derby tip, and no doubt Norma<br />

was delighted with the tip, Justified.<br />

Macie and Robert celebrated their<br />

57th wedding anniversary this year<br />

and have lived in the same house for<br />

55 of those years. Her daughter and<br />

her children live nearby. Son Rob<br />

and family live in Spain; so Macie<br />

is hoping to win the lottery to buy a<br />

plane for more “togetherness.” Macie<br />

recently attended an SBC gathering<br />

at the beautiful home of Jane Feltus<br />

Welche ’55 for an inspiring update<br />

by SBC Board Member, Mason<br />

Rummel. Macie laments that our<br />

class giving participation is low. [Be<br />

of cheer, Macie: this past fiscal year<br />

we are up to 31.3 percent, up from<br />

25 percent the previous year, See? I<br />

said you all are great! Now, if we had<br />

a class fundraiser, think how marvelous<br />

we could be! And here is my<br />

plug: Please, please send something<br />

— large or small — to SBC when<br />

the next solicitation arrives!] Sudie<br />

Shelton Moseley lives fairly close to<br />

Macie in Kentucky; whereas Sudie’s<br />

two sons live in Louisville. Sudie attends<br />

an annual seminar each year at<br />

Cambridge, joined by other perpetual<br />

students of many nationalities.<br />

Lee Chang Crozier wrote that<br />

all is well with her and hers in California,<br />

although definitely concerned<br />

about the August fires. She is still involved<br />

in “committee responsibilities,”<br />

helps coordinate the music at church,<br />

and plays the piano and sings in the<br />

choir. She and Al are coming up on<br />

their 59th wedding anniversary! Lee<br />

and I exchanged a couple of e-mails<br />

reminiscing about painting posters<br />

and decorating for our Spring Dance,<br />

the theme for which was “Occidentally<br />

Oriental.” Remember?<br />

Janet Monroe Marshall writes<br />

that she is settled into her new retirement<br />

home in Ellicott City, MD,<br />

having moved there from Pennsylvania.<br />

Much to do there, so much so<br />

that she finds it hard to find chunks<br />

of time to read, contemplate, and<br />

keep up with family. For her, the biggest<br />

change that she has seen since<br />

we left college is the speed of everything:<br />

film, talking, soundbites versus<br />

discussion; brief flashes of information<br />

to stay with shorter and shorter<br />

attention spans of everyone. There is<br />

also more and more online activity, as<br />

in anything involving the oxymoron<br />

called “Customer Service!”<br />

Nancy Ettenger Minor has recently<br />

moved from Savannah, Ga., to<br />

a continual care community on Hilton<br />

Head, S.C. She is still playing a<br />

lot of bridge and is rapidly adapting<br />

to and enjoying her new location and<br />

all it offers.<br />

Nancy Howe Roberts continues<br />

enjoying traveling, recently taking a<br />

delightful trip to the Gulf Coast with<br />

Jim’s two sons and their families. She<br />

still lives in a retirement community,<br />

enjoying a very active life there. She<br />

plays bridge and golf and plans to go<br />

to Chicago for Christmas.<br />

A wonderful note from Peggy<br />

Ann Rogers recapping her fascinating<br />

life. An English Lit major at<br />

SBC, she went on to receive a Ph.D.<br />

from Oxford. She attended the Coronation<br />

of Queen Elizabeth in 1953<br />

and had a day with Mother Teresa in<br />

Calcutta in 1989 with Medical Missions<br />

of NY (1985-1989). She was<br />

with the Philadelphia School Board<br />

for 35 years and taught in England<br />

for 30 summers with The Institute<br />

of International Education. She has<br />

generously donated many books to<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Now about 85% deaf,<br />

she is active with organizations focusing<br />

on deafness. She would love<br />

to hear from classmates: 635 Alexian<br />

Way #805 HC, Signal Mountain,<br />

TN 37377.<br />

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Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride is<br />

delighted with the progress <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> is making! Still in Annandale,<br />

VA, her husband is undergoing extensive<br />

therapy for which Karen is<br />

deeply grateful. She is the sole driver<br />

now for extra safety, meaning double<br />

appointments and extra errands, but<br />

their life together is as wonderful as<br />

ever. Their three sons and their families<br />

are a major source of joy. Steven<br />

lives nearby; however Kevin is in Seattle<br />

and Trevor is in NYC.<br />

Joan Broman Wright loves<br />

reading the class notes! Nothing astounding<br />

to report, she says. She is<br />

valiantly trying to landscape her yard<br />

in Coral Gables, FL, in the excruciating<br />

hot summer sun! Her son, Jim,<br />

who lives in Raleigh, recently spent<br />

a week with her. Daughter Elise and<br />

family live nearby in Coral Gables,<br />

where Elise is busy with her Interior<br />

Design Company.<br />

We in Western N.C. are excited<br />

that Louisa Hunt Coker is soon<br />

moving from Franklin, VA, to a retirement<br />

home in Hendersonville,<br />

N.C., about 15 miles from me. This<br />

way, she will be much closer to her<br />

family.<br />

As for me, I stay quite busy!<br />

Fortunately, I’m still enjoying good<br />

health; so I can do a lot of gardening,<br />

which I love (always welcoming<br />

winter, however!). I do some traveling<br />

still, but mostly to visit daughters<br />

and their families in NYC, Atlanta,<br />

and Baltimore. The last NYC grandchild<br />

is off to college this fall, and the<br />

oldest Baltimore grandchild is visiting<br />

colleges this fall in preparation<br />

for next fall. Wow! The years just<br />

fly by!<br />

Please, please remember to send<br />

money — any amount — to SBC<br />

when the solicitation arrives! I am so<br />

proud of our improving percentage!<br />

And many thanks to each of you<br />

who has made all this news appear!<br />

1958<br />

Eleanor St. Clair Thorp<br />

3 Stoneleigh #6D<br />

Bronxville, N.Y. 10708<br />

schatzethorp@gmail.com<br />

Our 60th Reunion was a very<br />

special time for all the alumnae, especially<br />

those from our 1958 class.<br />

There was a large turnout, but ours<br />

was especially well represented.<br />

Though we missed many of you, 20<br />

made it, with an assorted number of<br />

husbands. We all had time to visit<br />

with one another, hear very good and<br />

informative words from President<br />

Woo, and get a very positive update<br />

on the <strong>College</strong> and its future.<br />

At the meeting for class elections,<br />

Claire Cannon Christopher<br />

was elected our new president, M.L.<br />

Bryant our treasurer/fundraiser, and<br />

I was elected secretary. Our heartfelt<br />

thanks to outgoing president Mollie<br />

Archer Payne and secretary Jane<br />

Shipman Kuntz. Now some news<br />

from our classmates:<br />

Beedy Tatlow Ritchie and her<br />

husband, Bruce, moved from Los<br />

Angeles to Palm Desert, CA, and are<br />

enjoying life there in “Paradise.” Son<br />

Hank and his wife, Meredith Hobik,<br />

live in Bethesda, MD, and son Chad<br />

is engaged to Katherine Nedelkoff<br />

and lives in NYC. Daughter Laura<br />

and her offspring, AJ, live in Beverly<br />

Hills. Beedy and Bruce spend three<br />

months in Traverse City, Mich., and<br />

they welcome any of you for a visit<br />

any time.<br />

Winnie Leigh Hamlin was delighted<br />

to be at Reunion and writes<br />

that her first grandchild Winborne<br />

Leigh Hamlin, graduated cum laude<br />

with a degree from UVa in bio-medical<br />

engineering! Winborne’s two<br />

brothers and two cousins will be<br />

at UVa next year, two in each class.<br />

Winnie underwent surgery to remove<br />

a kidney stone and is still recovering.<br />

Ina Hamilton Hart was given<br />

a fabulous surprise 80th birthday<br />

party by her children, with relatives<br />

from near and far attending. Ina has<br />

been writing stories and now is writing<br />

poetry as well. As she says, it’s a<br />

great outcome for an English major.<br />

Peggy Smith Warner and her<br />

husband, John, are currently in their<br />

vacation home in Cashiers, N.C.,<br />

and will return to Nashville in the<br />

fall. Grandson Blake will enter Vanderbilt<br />

as a freshman this fall, but<br />

she says her real connection to <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> is her son John’s marriage to<br />

Jane Shipman Kuntz’s niece Jane<br />

Shipman. John is a surgeon in Lexington,<br />

KY.<br />

Adele Caruthers is now living<br />

in Santa Fe with her second husband,<br />

Harry, whom she married two<br />

years ago after having been divorced<br />

and widowed. She and Harry just<br />

returned from a fabulous Viking<br />

Cruise around the Mediterranean.<br />

Tibby Moore Gardner had a<br />

great time at our reunion and suggests<br />

we get together more often<br />

than every five years! Agreed, Tibby.<br />

She and Bill are in their Virginia<br />

Beach home, where her oldest son<br />

Ryland and wife and her parents<br />

came to visit for a few days.<br />

Eleanor Humphrey Schnabel<br />

has moved to an assisted-living<br />

complex in Salem, MA, to be nearer<br />

her daughter Ellie ’85, who lives in<br />

Woonsocket, R.I., with son Nathan<br />

Henry, who is five years old. Hump<br />

is now retired and works with a needlepoint<br />

group and is definitely enjoying<br />

her new life.<br />

Mimi Garrard writes that she<br />

has been very busy the last few years<br />

creating dance for video and showing<br />

her work on television, in festivals,<br />

and in galleries around the world.<br />

She won six first-place awards for<br />

her video work. She and her husband,<br />

James Seawright, had a show<br />

in Kentucky and will have another<br />

in the fall at the University of Tennessee<br />

in Knoxville. They also had<br />

a concert at New York Live Arts in<br />

May. We should all go online to read<br />

her newsletter, at The Mimi Garrard<br />

Dance Company, Inc.<br />

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis and<br />

her husband are very excited about<br />

the country western party that her<br />

children are hosting for their sixtieth<br />

wedding anniversary in September,<br />

replete with a country band and<br />

Southern food. They are also taking<br />

their first cruise this month.<br />

Mary Johnson Campbell says<br />

she keeps “busy doing nothing noteworthy”!<br />

She stays in touch with<br />

Ruth Carpenter Pitts, whose granddaughter<br />

was married in August.<br />

Patty Sykes Treadwell lost her<br />

husband, Dick, on February 13. Patty<br />

regularly attends her grandson’s<br />

soccer games in the San Francisco<br />

area and keeps Mary {Mary who?]<br />

informed about his victories.<br />

Jane Shipman Kuntz loved being<br />

at our reunion and sends the<br />

good news that her herniated disk<br />

was operated on, repaired, and that<br />

she is now recovering. Prior to Reunion,<br />

she and a friend took a long<br />

and fascinating trip through the<br />

many parks in the western United<br />

States. Her grandchildren are all<br />

thriving and busy with more activities<br />

than can be listed here, but lots<br />

to make Jane very proud.<br />

Thanks to all of you who responded<br />

to my email asking for your<br />

news, and I look forward to hearing<br />

from more of you for the next edition.<br />

In the meantime, keep in touch<br />

and enjoy the fall.<br />

1959<br />

Ali Wood Thompson<br />

89 Pukolu Way<br />

Wailea, HI 96753<br />

808-874-8028<br />

travisnali808@gmail.com<br />

A big reminder that next year<br />

(2019) is our 60TH REUNION!!!<br />

The reunion dates are May 31-June 2.<br />

If you are ever going to go to a reunion,<br />

THIS IS THE YEAR TO DO IT!<br />

Car, bus, train or plane (SBC does<br />

pick you up at Lynchburg airport) …<br />

Di Doscher Spurdle ’59 and family! Doug and his brood (Sophia,<br />

Savannah, Mason and Lincoln) from CA on the left, Craig, Brooks and<br />

Mij from FL on right . Our two great-grandsons are on the far right and<br />

far left<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

Val Stoddard Loring ’59 and husband Stephen<br />

Plan to make it a trip and bring your<br />

spouse along or a companion to help<br />

you get here. For those of us going, we<br />

should book at the Elston Inn early.<br />

Just a thought. We will need some volunteers<br />

to run this reunion, I believe.<br />

Joanne Bossert Thompson: We<br />

are going to our 3rd grandson‘s wedding<br />

on Sept. 15 in Vail, CO. 5 days<br />

later we leave for Vancouver, BC, to<br />

take the Rocky Mountaineer train<br />

to the Canadian Rockies. We will<br />

be gone a total of three weeks. Will<br />

send pictures from our trip. Other<br />

than that, things are pretty stable.<br />

The other exciting thing is that I<br />

have reconnected with my roommate,<br />

Sally Bertelsen Maguire, and<br />

we are getting together the beginning<br />

of November.<br />

Mary Boyd Davis: I have nothing<br />

much to report from Ponte Vedra<br />

Beach, but as frequent hurricane<br />

evacuees, we hope all is going OK for<br />

you. I’ve never heard of so much water<br />

in such a short time! Hope you’ve<br />

been able to stay dry! The most exciting<br />

thing in our life right now is<br />

that our 3-year-old great grandson<br />

took off on a 2-wheeler bike a few<br />

days ago. He was apprehended, but<br />

they may have to hide the bike!<br />

Mary Harrison Cooke Carle:<br />

(ed. note: I don’t know where she is.<br />

I seem to have lost her. Does anyone<br />

know where she is?)<br />

Tricia Coxe Ware: Judy Sorley<br />

Simpson invited Betsy Duke Seaman,<br />

Tabb Thornton Farinholt<br />

and myself to join her for a few days<br />

while she vacationed in Gloucester,<br />

VA. It was fun to catch up on news<br />

and share pictures.<br />

Di Doscher Spurdle: Just got<br />

back from Red Mountain Ranch in<br />

Idaho with the whole family (minus<br />

two). Couldn’t have been a more<br />

perfect vacation. With West Coast<br />

and East Coast, it’s not easy to get<br />

together. I ran into an SBC grad,<br />

class of 2017, who thanks all alums<br />

who helped keep things going so she<br />

could graduate.<br />

Deborah Dunning: I’m competing<br />

with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for<br />

being the woman works longer than<br />

any of her friends and loves what<br />

she’s doing. At 81, I’m having a great<br />

time developing training that enables<br />

all types of enterprises reduce their<br />

waste, water and energy use so we all<br />

can leave to our grandkids a healthy<br />

and sustainable environment. I feel<br />

blessed to live in Providence, Rhode<br />

Island — a beautifully restored city<br />

where most people can walk to work.<br />

And we all have access to some of the<br />

best beaches and best restaurants in<br />

New England. And my grand-kids<br />

all live nearby. Hope to see you at<br />

our 60th!<br />

Alice Cary Farmer Brown:<br />

Greetings everyone! President Meredith<br />

Woo has been engaging our<br />

oldest son Lyons to advise her on<br />

sustainable farming for <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>.<br />

She knew him when she was at<br />

UVA and he was teaching at the<br />

Darden School there. Lyons and his<br />

wife live on a lovely farm in Batesville,<br />

VA, outside of Charlottesville,<br />

where they have over 200 bee hives.<br />

They sell the honey, and it is DE-<br />

LICIOUS! [check them out: www.<br />

elysiumhoney.com] To date, Lyons<br />

has put 20 bee hives at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

and is instructing interested students<br />

in their care. He says he had never<br />

been to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> in the daylight!<br />

I can’t wait to see all of you at our<br />

60th reunion — especially Travis<br />

Thompson.<br />

Penny Fisher Duncklee: Fun<br />

June this year. I helped a friend take<br />

his annual student trip to a bunch of<br />

National Parks. 8 kids: 5 girls and 3<br />

boys, all just finished 9th grade. His<br />

school and kids are from Lexington,<br />

VA. We all flew into Phoenix and<br />

piled into one large van with our<br />

camping gear. Drove to Grand Canyon,<br />

Zion, Bryce, past Death Valley<br />

and on to Mt. Whitney. We camped<br />

a couple of nights at each National<br />

Park. We sure do have a beautiful<br />

country. Then we drove over to<br />

Yosemite, before the fires started!<br />

Lucky us. Then we drove down to<br />

Disneyland for a fun day, and back<br />

to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix,<br />

AZ. Really fun 2 weeks. And, my<br />

good luck with the weather held out<br />

one more time. Whew! Here are just<br />

a few of the almost 300 pictures I<br />

took. The last picture of all the traffic<br />

on the way down to Disneyland<br />

shows one reason I do not want to<br />

live in California. Of course, now<br />

that California is all burning up, I<br />

guess that would be another reason<br />

I don’t want to live there.<br />

Meriwether Hagerty Rumrill:<br />

My news is mostly my grandkids<br />

and that’s the best. Attended the<br />

last high school graduation of my 3<br />

South Dakota grandsons. They all<br />

have full scholarships to college and<br />

2 may go into medicine. In Chris’<br />

yearbook, in the ‘most likely’ dept.,<br />

it was said about him: “most likely to<br />

find a cure for cancer.” WE WISH.<br />

My 4 Virginia (Richmond and Fairfax)<br />

grandkids are the littlest - sweet,<br />

adorable and funny, love music and<br />

dance, animals, sports. My 2 New<br />

York granddaughters both gave me<br />

joyful visits this spring and summer<br />

and one is with me at this moment.<br />

I took her from the plane to a dance<br />

(waltz) and later contra - 4 hrs. of<br />

dancing. Have to admit I did not<br />

dance every one (I’d driven up from<br />

Tidewater, my excuse), but she did<br />

and was ecstatic. Love having a relative<br />

as nuts about dancing as I am.<br />

Gay Hart Gaines: Stanley and<br />

I are winging our way home from<br />

Sitka, AK, to Seattle tonight and<br />

then Seattle to Florida tomorrow.<br />

We have had a marvelous trip with<br />

our son Ralph and family and some<br />

friends and their family. It was a great<br />

success on a National Geographic<br />

ship, and we all so enjoyed the<br />

eagles, orcas, humpbacked whales,<br />

seals, puffins, and on and on! I am<br />

working hard on the Ron DeSantis<br />

race for Florida’s governor as well as<br />

Rick Scott for US Senate, to replace<br />

Sen. Bill Nelson who is a dinosaur!<br />

On Feb. 20, Stanley had a new aortic<br />

valve operation and also a stent, at<br />

the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which<br />

was a huge success! It is the number<br />

one heart hospital in America and<br />

we were mighty impressed!<br />

My “Founders and Us” series at<br />

The Society of the Four Arts has<br />

been a huge success for the past two<br />

years and I was asked to do it again<br />

in 2019. Next season we will have<br />

four lectures on the “Founding Documents<br />

“and I have four outstanding<br />

historians and scholars coming: Gordon<br />

Wood, Akhil Amar, Jon Meacham<br />

and Rick Brookhiser. They are<br />

all brilliant and sensational speakers!<br />

Love to you wherever this finds you!<br />

Trudie Jackson Smither: (ed.<br />

Note: this is an email from Judy<br />

Welton Sargent)<br />

“In reading the newsletter I saw<br />

Trudy’s name listed. I guess SBC<br />

is unaware of her death. She and I<br />

shared a long and close friendship.<br />

She was a very caring person and<br />

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dear friend. ou may remember that<br />

she came with me to our 2009 SBC<br />

Reunion.<br />

Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb:<br />

I spent several hours in the <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> Library during <strong>Sweet</strong> Work<br />

Weeks, helping identify 1950s photos<br />

in the archives — a delightful<br />

nostalgia trip through our college<br />

years. There were a number of<br />

alumnae on campus doing much<br />

more strenuous work (painting<br />

and gardening) than I was willing<br />

to attempt. The Lynchburg paper<br />

reported this week that an enthusiastic<br />

freshman class has just arrived.<br />

Lloyd and I continue to enjoy traveling<br />

and participating in many activities<br />

here at Westminster Canterbury.<br />

I’m looking forward to having all our<br />

children and grandchildren here in<br />

late December to celebrate my 80th<br />

birthday. I am also looking forward<br />

to our class of 1959 60th reunion at<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. I hope that many of us<br />

will be able to gather for that.<br />

Jini Jones Vail: I have been preparing<br />

my “Rochambeau, Washington’s<br />

Ideal Lieutenant” book for<br />

Audible.com. The process is a blast,<br />

if a little more time-consuming<br />

that hoped. My daughter, Heather,<br />

helped me with the computer<br />

“stuff,” and through ACX we put up<br />

an ad for a narrator who is fluent in<br />

French. Can you believe there were<br />

over 100 applicants? Finally chose<br />

one from CA. After a few weeks of<br />

listening and checking it was finished,<br />

and my book is now available<br />

on Audible.com. All my fun reading<br />

has been on Audible for years. If you<br />

like listening to books performed by<br />

actors, you will enjoy it. Also preparing<br />

to publish: “Summering in Loire<br />

Valley: A Decade of Art” and “Cuisine,<br />

History and Music.” Will meet<br />

with dear SBC buddies, Erna Westwig,<br />

Sarah Jane Moore, Mary Davis<br />

and Polly Taylor at Sandy Sylvia’s<br />

daughter Lisa’s, summer home on<br />

Buzzard’s Bay, MA, Sept. 14. We are<br />

still kicking, but not jitterbugging!<br />

Virginia MacKethan Kitchin:<br />

Watching Roger Federer play at the<br />

1,000 level tennis tournament outside<br />

Cincinnati, OH. Also saw the<br />

Terra Cotta Warriors at the Cincinnati<br />

Art Museum where son Cameron<br />

is the director.<br />

Judy Nevins LeHardy: Ward<br />

and I have gotten together with Cay<br />

Ramey Weimer and Ben a couple of<br />

times this year. They are at Rappahannock<br />

Westminster Canterbury,<br />

which is near us.<br />

All four of our children and their<br />

families have been here for weekend<br />

visits this summer, Sally’s being the<br />

latest. I hope to go to the 60th Reunion<br />

and hope many others will<br />

too!<br />

Ann Pegram Howington: No<br />

news really. I didn’t even try to go<br />

to the new and returning students<br />

tea party. As lucky as usual, I took<br />

a beach house and had myriad children<br />

in globs. It was fun but . . . shhh .<br />

. . I noticed not REALLY liking having<br />

very small children around for<br />

extended periods. Don’t you think<br />

we are excused at our wonderfully<br />

long age? That, by the way, is only 2<br />

weeks. I do see Betsy Brawner Pittman<br />

pretty much and Nina’s daughter,<br />

Mary, is next door down through<br />

the woods so I really can’t SEE her<br />

sans appointment. A sweetie, though<br />

. . . sounds like SBC is going to be<br />

OK, a good thing. Do send girls and<br />

money, though. I would LOVE to<br />

see any of you all coming to Atlanta.<br />

Rew Price Carne: Moved from<br />

retirement community to condo<br />

mid-June. My daughter lives in same<br />

building. We can take care of each<br />

other if necessary. Health improving.<br />

Life is good. Stay safe.<br />

Debbie Von Reischach Swan<br />

Snyder: Another beautiful summer<br />

in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Just<br />

returned to Maine from fabulous 2<br />

1/2-week Baltic Cruise on 2-year<br />

old Regent Explorer: Denmark, Berlin,<br />

Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, St.<br />

Petersburg (don’t go in the summer;<br />

too crowded with cruise ship passengers<br />

but wonderful to see), Finland,<br />

Sweden and the highlight of 3 days<br />

with Norwegian friends in Oslo.<br />

Back to Naples mid-October after<br />

visits to friends in Williamsburg,<br />

VA, and son and family who just<br />

moved to Raleigh, NC.<br />

Mary Blair Scott Valentine:<br />

Our granddaughter, Taylor Redd,<br />

headed off to Yale this weekend. She<br />

is also the granddaughter of the late<br />

Marylew Cooper Redd ‘57. I am laid<br />

up with a new hip. Too much running<br />

on hockey field and lacrosse and<br />

tennis court.<br />

Ann Smith Heist: (received from<br />

her husband, John): Just wanted to let<br />

you know that Ann passed away. She<br />

dealt with a very rare lung disease,<br />

Ali Wood Thompson ’59 and husband, Travis<br />

lymphagioleiomyomatosis for over<br />

20 years. Her disease never slowed<br />

her down from world travel, though<br />

she used oxygen 24/7. She loved her<br />

GCA Garden Club and being able<br />

to judge shows around the country.<br />

She owned a wonderful women’s<br />

store for 30 years and enjoyed all<br />

the fashion markets. She had such<br />

an eye for design. She’s survived by<br />

her husband John of Ormond Beach,<br />

FL,and a daughter Amanda Grant of<br />

Ridgefield, CT, and 4 grandchildren.<br />

Judy Sorley Chalmers-Simpson:<br />

I have some great SBC news: I<br />

just spent a week in Ware Neck, VA,<br />

near Tabb’s home, and Tabb, Tricia<br />

Coxe and Betsy Seaman spent three<br />

days with me there. Pure bliss. I hope<br />

to host this class “mini-reunion” every<br />

summer the 4 of us, all widowed,<br />

spent time reminiscing, sharing, and<br />

talking about life “then” and “now,”<br />

our children and grandchildren. It<br />

was a very positive experience for<br />

each of us.<br />

Polly Space Dunn: I am doing<br />

ok. Still having residual problems<br />

from broken shoulder 1.5 years ago.<br />

Golf is not good and painting takes<br />

too much impetus. Good news: kids<br />

and grands doing great. Am still in<br />

our summer home in North Carolina<br />

and am enjoying the cool. Discovered<br />

Mahjongg last summer and am<br />

addicted!<br />

Val Stoddard Loring: We<br />

moved to the OceanView Retirement<br />

Community, Falmouth, ME, in<br />

June 2017. With the closing of our<br />

Holden, MA, house on July 31 this<br />

year, we look forward to more fully<br />

taking advantage of all it has to offer.<br />

To celebrate my 80th and Steve’s<br />

85th birthdays plus the college graduations<br />

of 3 grandsons, we took our<br />

family to Jackson Lakes Lodge in<br />

Grand Teton National Park where<br />

the photo was taken. It was a fabulous<br />

place to gather our 3 active families,<br />

18 of us ranging in age from 13<br />

to 85!<br />

Susan Taylor Montague-Reese:<br />

I have moved to a retirement home:<br />

Goodwin House, in Alexandria. I<br />

am not a happy camper. My new<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

address is 4800 Fillmore Ave. #201,<br />

Alexandria, VA 22311. Phone and<br />

e-mail have not changed.<br />

Nina Thornton Asgeirsson:<br />

Right now, I am at our Cape Cod<br />

family house in Falmouth. My parents<br />

retired here in the 1960s, and<br />

my brother, 2 sisters and I have kept<br />

it as a family retreat. My brother and<br />

I shared the 4th of July week here<br />

with 4 of our offspring and 12 of our<br />

grandchildren. This week my son<br />

and his wife and four girls (aged 11,<br />

8, 7, 4) sailed up from Long Island<br />

to Nantucket. Along the way they<br />

stopped here to pick up my daughter<br />

and son-in-law and their 3 girls<br />

(aged 16, 13, 9). So, I have really<br />

been enjoying my 7 granddaughters;<br />

they sure are all a lot of fun! I<br />

love getting all those cousins from<br />

the next generation together — an<br />

amazing highlight of my fabulous<br />

summer. Thanks for keeping us all<br />

connected; hope to attend our 60th<br />

reunion next year! I’ve attended a<br />

few of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Boston Club<br />

gatherings, but I’ve never attended a<br />

class reunion.<br />

Tabb Thornton Farinholt: Had<br />

a wonderful visit with classmates<br />

Betsy Duke Seaman and Tricia<br />

Coxe Ware with Judy Sorley Simpson,<br />

our hostess, when she was visiting<br />

again in Ware Neck, VA. Really<br />

look forward to our book club’s<br />

reconvening in the fall. Hope Mary<br />

Ballou will be able to join us. She<br />

is bravely recovering from a mishap<br />

which resulted in her having to get<br />

an elbow replacement. I have purchased<br />

a condominium in Richmond<br />

but don’t seem to be able to leave my<br />

river house for very long. I have managed<br />

to confuse myself utterly and<br />

probably my descendants with my<br />

peripatetic ways.<br />

Mary Todd Singh: My husband<br />

and I have sold our house and moved<br />

to a condo in Kailua. The address is<br />

408 Kailua Road, #7110, Kailua, HI<br />

96734. The driving required to live<br />

in a rural area was getting to us. At<br />

this location we are able to walk or<br />

bus to most desired destinations and<br />

visiting family has access to the car as<br />

needed. My husband is available to<br />

teach more training sessions and will<br />

do one next month with the military.<br />

I continue to have no significant activities<br />

but am trying to settle into a<br />

new location. Moving is emotionally<br />

difficult.<br />

Kathy Tyler Sheldon: In the last<br />

6 months we seem to have gotten a<br />

great deal older, leading us to finally<br />

part with our sail boat which we will<br />

give to our middle grandson who is<br />

on one of the large vessels servicing<br />

the oil rigs and so enjoys sailing with<br />

us. We had two university graduations,<br />

our granddaughter in theater<br />

after she was a female Hamlet and<br />

worked in an outdoor theater in<br />

Toronto this summer. Our eldest<br />

grandson in robotic engineering<br />

who has already been sent to Norway<br />

and Norwich, England, clearing<br />

the ocean floor in robotic machines.<br />

What a world we live in. We continue<br />

on much the same in same place,<br />

now enjoying the fruits of John’s garden<br />

and the fish and seafood abundantly<br />

again around us.<br />

Judy Welton Sargent: I am celebrating<br />

my 80th birthday all year<br />

long! First: I took my family of 6<br />

on safari to Kenya and Tanzania in<br />

March over my 10-year-old grandson<br />

John Paul’s spring break. We<br />

had a fabulous time! Second: My<br />

daughters Susan and Catherine had<br />

a lovely party for me at the time of<br />

my birthday. Third: I flew to New<br />

York where Di and I went to Yankees<br />

vs. Astros game at the beautiful<br />

new Yankee Stadium. It was<br />

such fun, and the Yankees won! We<br />

also went to the ballet and to “The<br />

Band’s Visit”, not to mention dining<br />

at fine restaurants, including lunch<br />

at Majorelle! Next: daughter Susan<br />

and her Beau Regan took me to a<br />

Paul Simon Concert! Then, daughter<br />

Catherine, husband Tom and<br />

grandson John Paul took me to see<br />

“Hamilton” in DC. This week Ann<br />

Turnbull Lowry and I went to San<br />

Antonio to a Lyle Lovett concert. A<br />

return to NYC in September for a<br />

Yankee vs Red Sox Game, a couple<br />

of ballets, theater and fine dining<br />

plus an Elbe River Cruise with Di<br />

the end of October from Prague to<br />

Berlin will conclude the celebrations.<br />

So wonderful to be 80, to be well and<br />

to do fun things with great friends<br />

and family. How fortunate I am!<br />

Ali Wood Thompson: In May,<br />

Travis and I headed east to have a<br />

visit with our daughter in Windham,<br />

ME. Then we drove down to<br />

Providence and watched our youngest<br />

granddaughter graduate from<br />

Providence <strong>College</strong> (1,000 graduates!<br />

- but it all went smoothly). We<br />

hopped the train down to N.J. to<br />

spend a few nights with Travis’ sister<br />

and then flew off to Germany to<br />

explore that country for about two<br />

weeks. Back to N.J. to attend Travis’<br />

65th high school reunion and then<br />

we were homeward bound. It is always<br />

great to get back home though.<br />

A few days ago, we headed off to<br />

Hana (on Maui) for a “stay vacation”<br />

to celebrate our 60th anniversary<br />

and had a great time. Just to let you<br />

know, we are not affected by the Big<br />

Island’s volcano spewing. Only when<br />

the wind shifts and sends us “Vog”<br />

(like smog). Hurricane Lane missed<br />

us on Maui thank heavens but as of<br />

today (Sept. 9), we are going to experience<br />

Hurricane Olivia. (P.S. Since I<br />

am resending this letter: Hurricane<br />

Olivia didn’t touch us where we live.<br />

I think our 10,000 foot mountain<br />

protected us.)<br />

1960<br />

Lura Coleman Wampler<br />

1406 Thomas Rd<br />

Wayne, Pa. 19087<br />

lcwampler@comcast.net<br />

Jane Tatman Walker: En route<br />

home from Florida in April, Frank<br />

and I had a lovely stopover visit in<br />

Atlanta to see Linda Sims Grady<br />

Newmark, Bill and Nina Wilkerson<br />

Bugg and Phyz and Ann Crowell<br />

Lemmon. In late, July my family<br />

surprised me with a most special<br />

dinner, complete with a 32-page<br />

tabloid called The Gran Gazette, featuring<br />

articles each family member<br />

and some friends submitted focusing<br />

on my life and shared experiences.<br />

Turning 80 did not seem so bad.<br />

With 18 out of 19 family members<br />

present, it was a wonderful and fun<br />

evening with many surprises.<br />

Norma Patteson Mills: Olan<br />

and I have just returned from spending<br />

most of the summer at our house<br />

at DeBordieu Beach on the coast in<br />

South Carolina. We enjoyed many<br />

family members rotating through<br />

but had some lazy days too.<br />

Becky Towill McNair: My current<br />

hobby is keeping up with my<br />

grandchildren. Hard to believe that<br />

four of them are experiencing college<br />

life (University of Texas, University<br />

of Georgia, and W&L). I want so<br />

much for them to have the positive<br />

experience and lasting memories I<br />

treasure. The other four are not far<br />

behind. Am also enjoying memories<br />

of our Christmas trip last year to<br />

Peru. Hope to see Teddy and Liz<br />

someday soon, as they have retired<br />

to the same Savannah community as<br />

my sister.<br />

Winkie Wimbish Chalfant: Ed<br />

and I have returned to Ponte Vedra<br />

Beach following a lovely July in<br />

Maine. We were fortunate in March<br />

to enjoy a visit from President Woo<br />

and learn of the exciting plans for<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s future.<br />

Carolyn Gough Harding: I don’t<br />

have much news: same home, same<br />

husband, no additions to the family.<br />

We traveled to Toronto to visit<br />

friends, and I thought about Pat and<br />

wished she were there to visit also.<br />

We are looking forward to a Mediterranean<br />

cruise at the end of September.<br />

Carol Barnard Ottenberg: We<br />

have been in Maine for much of the<br />

summer, with family members coming<br />

and going. Highlights of our trip<br />

from Rochester, N.Y., where I had a<br />

jigsaw puzzle meeting, explorations<br />

of the Erie Canal and catching “West<br />

Side Story” at Glimmerglass Opera<br />

in Cooperstown.<br />

Anne Rienecke Clark: I helped<br />

Gwen Speel Kaplan celebrate her<br />

80th in Richmond last February. I<br />

flew up from Florida, and my daughter<br />

(who has been good friends for<br />

years with Gwen’s daughter) and her<br />

husband flew down from New York<br />

City. Gwen had all her family there<br />

too. Then, to reciprocate, Gwen and<br />

Ellie came up to NYC, and we “girls”<br />

celebrated mine in the big city. We always<br />

joke that Gwen is two months<br />

older; so at 80 I really rubbed it in!<br />

Rhett Ball Thagard: Greetings<br />

from Chautauqua, in beautiful upstate<br />

New York. Next, lovely Hudson<br />

River Valley to celebrate with<br />

West Point grandson as he receives<br />

his senior class ring. Then dinner in<br />

the city with NYU grandson. Finally,<br />

back to <strong>Sweet</strong> Home Alabama.<br />

Barbara Murphy Hale: We<br />

just had our first gathering in 18<br />

years of all children at one time at<br />

Virginia Beach. Much fun. Caring<br />

for the farm is becoming very<br />

challenging, but we still love living<br />

in the Maryland marsh country.<br />

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Richmond’s Class of ‘60 met<br />

for lunch in May, beginning at<br />

Mickey Svoboda’s house and<br />

then to lunch across the street<br />

at the Country Club. Not bad for<br />

80-year-olds, or almost so. Front<br />

row: Jane Ellis Covington, Micki<br />

Oliveri Svoboda, Anita Perrin<br />

Towell. Second row: Gwen Speel<br />

Kaplan, Carolyn King Ratcliffe,<br />

Grace Suttle, Isabel Ware Burch.<br />

Back row: Susan Hendricks<br />

Slayman, Ginger Newman<br />

Blanchard, Patti Powell Pusey,<br />

Mary Ellen Dohs Acey<br />

Sandy Schuhmacher Lawrence:<br />

Few in our class may remember me<br />

because I transferred to University<br />

of Texas after our sophomore year.<br />

I am living in Southlake, TX, now.<br />

Husband has dementia, but we’ll<br />

celebrate our 55th anniversary in<br />

October, and our three children and<br />

five grandchildren and pets are the<br />

joys of our lives.<br />

Gwen Speel Kaplan: This is the<br />

sixth year that our Richmond-area<br />

alumnae have gotten together in May<br />

to celebrate SBC ’60. Mickey Oliveri<br />

Svoboda hosted us for a lovely lunch<br />

at the Country Club of Virginia. No<br />

one would guess that some of us<br />

have already celebrated, or will soon<br />

celebrate, 80th birthdays!<br />

Teddy Hill and Liz Few Penfield:<br />

We are still spending winters at<br />

The Marshes, a retirement community<br />

on Skidaway Island, which is a<br />

few miles from Savannah, and summers<br />

in Carbondale, CO, in a homesteader’s<br />

log cabin Liz and her husband<br />

bought and resurrected 40 or<br />

so years ago. Another favorite place<br />

of ours is New York City; last year<br />

we were lucky enough to spend some<br />

time there with classmates Grace<br />

Suttle, Norris Smith, and Kadri<br />

Niider. The only thing missing these<br />

days is an animal friend, dog or cat,<br />

unless you count the mice in the cabin<br />

and very friendly raccoons at The<br />

Marshes.<br />

Nancy Corson Gibbes: A favorite<br />

was a trip to Portugal and<br />

Spain staying in the posados and<br />

paradores. Finding the pension that<br />

I lived in for a month in Sevilla was<br />

a full circle.<br />

Lee Cullum: Currently I host a<br />

program of interviews with CEOs<br />

on the PBS affiliate in North Texas.<br />

The one who’s gotten the greatest<br />

response in recent months is Mark<br />

Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks<br />

who also appears on Shark Tank<br />

on ABC. Watch out for him, he may<br />

run for president.<br />

Heidi Wood Huddleston: I continue<br />

to divide time between Kentucky<br />

and my home in Hilton Head,<br />

S.C. I was fortunate to have all three<br />

girls and all grands visit me this summer.<br />

So it was back-to-back guests,<br />

which I loved. The biggest news is<br />

that I will be a great-grandmother<br />

in a couple of months! My grandson,<br />

who just got his master’s in divinity,<br />

and his wife who got her bachelor’s<br />

in biblical studies/counseling at the<br />

same time, are proud parents-to-be.<br />

Granddaughter Alexandra and husband<br />

live in Knoxville, where she is<br />

a labor and delivery nurse. And Sophia,<br />

my other granddaughter, just<br />

returned with Kristina, my youngest<br />

daughter, from their yearly visit back<br />

to Vienna and a trip to northern Italy.<br />

Sophia just started high school! I<br />

plan to accompany them next summer<br />

— still mulling over where to go.<br />

Elizabeth Meade Howard: Enjoying<br />

peddling my books near and<br />

not so far…. En route, happy to run<br />

into some friendly <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> classmates.<br />

Margo Sauer Meyer: I recently<br />

discovered that the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> rose<br />

is growing along with a mass of other<br />

“wild stuff ” beside the path leading<br />

to the beach of our summer home.<br />

I photographed the blossom with<br />

its petals and dark green leaves that<br />

when gently rubbed, give off a sweet<br />

apple-like aroma. While researching,<br />

I was reminded of Shakespeare’s love<br />

for the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> rose as opposed<br />

to other wild roses that look but<br />

don’t have any aroma at all. (Sonnet<br />

#54). Making the assumption, then,<br />

that as graduates of SBC, we are all<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> roses (metaphorically, of<br />

course), my next question would be,<br />

were we simply “flowers fair?” I think<br />

Shakespeare would say that because<br />

the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> rose blossom is consumed<br />

by the value of its sweet apple<br />

fragrance, so were we as blossoming<br />

graduates consumed with our own<br />

unique value.<br />

Isabel Ware Burch: I celebrated<br />

my 80th birthday in Philadelphia<br />

with all of my children and grandchildren.<br />

That same weekend my<br />

grandson, Owen, graduated from<br />

the George School and is going to<br />

the George Washington University<br />

School of International Affairs this<br />

fall. In July, I spent almost two weeks<br />

in Austin, Texas, where I was a deputy<br />

to General Convention of the<br />

Episcopal Church. It was an amazing<br />

experience. In August, I enjoyed<br />

visits from children and grandchildren.<br />

My son, Charlie Hall, is still<br />

enjoying touring with his band, the<br />

War on Drugs. They won a Grammy<br />

in January for Best Rock Album of<br />

the Year.<br />

Patti Powell Pusey: Our Richmond<br />

and close-by classmates again<br />

enjoyed our annual get-together.<br />

Mickey Oliveri Svoboda treated<br />

us to appetizers at her home and<br />

then lunch at the Country Club of<br />

Virginia. Several of us attended the<br />

recent beautiful memorial service for<br />

Anita Perrin Towell’s husband. It’s a<br />

true blessing to share all stages of life<br />

with our classmates.<br />

Linda Sims Grady Newmark:<br />

In April Frank and Jane Tatman<br />

Walker stopped in Atlanta on their<br />

way home to Indianapolis from<br />

their winter home in Sarasota. Nina<br />

Wilkerson Bugg and Bill, Ann<br />

Crowell Lemmon and Phyz, and I<br />

had a delightful weekend visit with<br />

them. Ann and Phyz hosted a wonderful<br />

dinner for us all. All hope to<br />

make it to SBC in 2020 for our 60th.<br />

Barbara Beam Denison: Best to<br />

all from Beam & George. Turning 80<br />

has been a blast so far — still painting,<br />

golfing, swimming, and traveling;<br />

so all is well<br />

Gale Walker Young: Most recently<br />

I am in the middle of reading<br />

of classmate Elizabeth Meade<br />

Howard’s Aging Famously. Just<br />

checking in here to recommend it,<br />

highly. It’s engaging to pair readings<br />

— try Bp. Spong with Carol<br />

Channing, or Laurent de Brunhoff<br />

with Gordon Parks. Sparks will fly,<br />

connections made, and the power of<br />

role-models enhanced, this reader<br />

promises!<br />

Melissa Meyers Gibbs: Still going<br />

strong — 55 years in the same<br />

apartment in New York — last year<br />

I celebrated my 80th on a Silversea<br />

cruise to Galapagos. I just returned<br />

from another Silversea cruise to<br />

Alaska. I keep busy by volunteering<br />

at Mount Sinai (Roosevelt) West,<br />

which I have done for over 30 years.<br />

We attend the opera (Met), ballet<br />

(American Ballet Theater), and onand<br />

off-Broadway theater.<br />

Lucy Martin Gianino: Busy,<br />

busy, busy what with six grandchildren<br />

and their parents coming<br />

and going from our beach home on<br />

Fire Island this summer. I continue<br />

my acting career, having shot a Law<br />

and Order Special Victims Unit<br />

segment a few months ago and have<br />

been doing other theatrical projects<br />

in the city. I have taken on a huge<br />

job as co-president of my beloved<br />

nonprofit NYC-Parents-in-Action<br />

organization. We work with 30 to<br />

40 independent schools in the city<br />

to provide parenting education on<br />

everything from preschool concerns,<br />

social media, drugs, alcohol and the<br />

second stage of sending children off<br />

to college! Of course, my heart is always<br />

with SBC and our class. 1960<br />

was and is the best class ever. Thank<br />

you everyone for your continued responses<br />

and good humor.<br />

Thanks to Carolyn King Ratcliffe,<br />

we learned of the death of Anita<br />

Perrin Towell’s husband, Richard,<br />

in mid-August. We send Anita our<br />

love and prayers of comfort.<br />

Lura Coleman Wampler: I feel<br />

so fortunate to be healthy and able to<br />

keep up with the care of the animals<br />

here on the farm as well as the maintenance<br />

of the property. The best<br />

times are when some or all of our<br />

seven grandchildren come to visit! I<br />

sit on numerous committees at my<br />

church, garden club, and the Shipley<br />

School. I also do a fair amount of<br />

judging of horticulture and photography.<br />

In a weak moment I agreed<br />

to have our farm on a garden tour<br />

next spring; so this will require a lot<br />

of preparation. Thank you all who<br />

responded to my request for news;<br />

keeping in touch stirs up wonderful<br />

old memories and lets us make new<br />

connections!<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

1962<br />

Parry Ellice Adam<br />

908-782-3754<br />

33 Pleasant Run Rd.<br />

Flemington, N.J. 08822<br />

peaba@comcast.net<br />

Laura Connerat Lawton: The<br />

news from Savannah is that Chloe<br />

Fort is moving back to Nashville<br />

after a number of years in her attractive<br />

townhouse in the historic<br />

district. Chloe was always available<br />

for lunch or other activities, and as<br />

the great cook she has always been,<br />

she attracted lots of people to her<br />

house for supper. Chloe has always<br />

been a supporter of the arts and was<br />

a benefit to our local Telfair Art Museum.<br />

She will be missed by all her<br />

Savannah friends who are counting<br />

on her return visits. On my visits to<br />

Charlottesville to see my daughter,<br />

I always enjoy seeing Fran Oliver<br />

Palmer and Ginger Borah Meislahn,<br />

who conveniently live on the<br />

same campus at Westminster Canterbury.<br />

Ginger is often traveling<br />

somewhere with attractive husband<br />

Skip Meislahn, and Fran always has<br />

a place for me in her extra bedroom.<br />

Fran has introduced me to pickleball,<br />

but I explained I didn’t want to ruin<br />

my tennis game. She still wins all the<br />

points at tennis; so it didn’t hurt her<br />

game at all. I get to see Ann Ritchey<br />

Baruch, who lives across the river on<br />

Spring Island, but not enough. She<br />

disappears when the weather gets<br />

too hot down here in Georgia and<br />

South Carolina, but I’ll see her in<br />

the fall.<br />

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver<br />

Hubbard: Just got back with James<br />

from our August at Chautauqua. A<br />

great time: I was asked to sing in the<br />

“Pie Jesu” solo in the Faure Requiem<br />

with the choir/orchestra, performing<br />

in the newly renovated amphitheater.<br />

Went great! Spent part of May<br />

trekking in Scotland, completing St.<br />

Cuthbert’s Way with my same group<br />

who walked the English Way of the<br />

Camino des Santiago through Galatia<br />

two falls ago. Prior to heading for<br />

Chautauqua, James and I were part<br />

of a choir serving a choir residency<br />

at the Cathedral of Gloucester, England,<br />

for a week. A great trip! Kids<br />

and grandkids are all terrific. Son<br />

Jasper is a great teacher with “teacher<br />

of the year” awards; Shelley, my SBC<br />

daughter-in-law, is a very super pharmaceutical<br />

rep.; grandson Loren will<br />

become a teenager in September and<br />

is a terrific soccer and lacrosse player;<br />

his sister, Emily Hamilton, is a stellar<br />

swimmer and lacrosse whiz AND<br />

an artist par excellence. James’ seven<br />

grands are, in fact, quite GRAND,<br />

too. James once again failed retirement<br />

as he has been called to the<br />

Episcopal church in Lexington, VA,<br />

a church that may be known by many<br />

of our classmates. At its founding it<br />

was named Grace Church, but was<br />

renamed “Robert E. Lee” shortly<br />

afterward. With the current political<br />

turmoils through the country,<br />

the parish changed the name back<br />

to Grace Church. The church has<br />

gone through an upheaval over this,<br />

and the difficulties resulted in James<br />

being called as interim rector. He is<br />

very gifted in this sort of work so has<br />

hopes for the best. It does mean the<br />

back and forth trip over the mountain<br />

on Route 60 and lots of hard<br />

work, but we will pray that all goes<br />

well. Also, in October, I had a very<br />

successful art showing that filled the<br />

Academy Center (Lynchburg) main<br />

gallery.<br />

Do stay tuned for all the amazing<br />

progress as it appears from campus.<br />

We all should be very proud and<br />

grateful. - Parry<br />

1963<br />

Allie Stemmons Simon<br />

3701 Guadalajara Ct.<br />

Irving, Texas 75062<br />

asimontc@outlook.com<br />

Greetings, Ladies of ’63! Our<br />

55th Reunion is history and what<br />

a grand time it was! Sixteen of us<br />

were there, plus two husbands, and a<br />

couple of others who came for a day!<br />

Pictures are posted online, including<br />

a couple of McNair and me accepting<br />

three silver bowls for our class’s<br />

43 percent giving percentage (Yes!),<br />

and our over $1 million in gifts to<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> during fiscal year 2017-<br />

<strong>2018</strong>! Congratulations and thanks<br />

to all – and let’s keep it up! The Class<br />

of 1963 is not done!! After that great<br />

news I must move on to some sad<br />

news. The daughter of Carol Crowley<br />

Karm has notified <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> of<br />

the death of her mother on June 29,<br />

<strong>2018</strong>. And while I was still digesting<br />

that came an email from Ginger<br />

Mitchell that Cynthia Hooten<br />

Magowan died on August 23 from<br />

a brain aneurysm – suddenly and<br />

unexpectedly.<br />

Our sympathy goes out to the<br />

families of both. And two of our dear<br />

classmates have lost their husbands<br />

of many years. On April 16, Jane<br />

Yardley Amos’s husband, John, had<br />

an unexpected heart attack and died<br />

at their kitchen table. Strong woman<br />

that she is, Jane fired up her RV and<br />

came on to Reunion, picking up four<br />

classmates along the way: Nancy<br />

Dixon Brown, Susan Scott Robinette,<br />

Lucy Otis Anderson, and<br />

Betsy Parker McColl. According to<br />

Nancy, they had a blast! On July 15,<br />

Tom Holmes, husband of Margaret<br />

Millender Holmes, also died of a<br />

heart attack. Tom had suffered from<br />

Parkinson’s for many years and Maggie<br />

had patiently cared for him. Our<br />

bereft classmates are in our thoughts<br />

and prayers.<br />

Now to happier things – practically<br />

every note I received was a<br />

celebration of our Reunion or regret<br />

at being unable to attend. It appears<br />

55th college reunions conflict with<br />

high school graduations of grandchildren!<br />

Or in one case, the birth<br />

of a first grandson, Jack Fontaine<br />

Keown to Stevie Fontaine Keown<br />

and Mark. Everyone seemed to be<br />

traveling the rest of this summer –<br />

the Keowns were off for a trip to<br />

England, Scotland, and Ireland on<br />

a small ship stopping at out-of-theway<br />

ports and islands and ending up<br />

in Edinburgh. Nancy Dixon Brown<br />

followed up her RV adventure with<br />

an Alaska cruise and a trip to Arizona<br />

helping her nephew’s family get<br />

settled after moving from Seattle.<br />

Ginger Cates Mitchell and Ed took<br />

four grandchildren on their own<br />

Alaskan adventure, and according to<br />

Ginger, “we hope it was as memorable<br />

for them as it was for us!” In the<br />

fall Ginger and Ed were planning a<br />

barge trip through the Champagne<br />

area of France.<br />

Jean Meyer Aloe reports that she<br />

just got back from 10 days in Poland,<br />

attending a poetry writing workshop<br />

held in a castle in the countryside.<br />

Her room was in the “tower” up<br />

an old curved stone staircase. Her<br />

12-year-old grandson just spent two<br />

weeks in a gifted program at UVa.<br />

Sue Jones Cansler and Chuck were<br />

among those who missed our Reunion<br />

due to a graduation. Two of<br />

their three grandchildren are now in<br />

college, Southern Methodist University<br />

and Louisiana State University,<br />

and the third is “looking at” <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> (fingers crossed). They are off<br />

to spend three weeks at the Chautauqua<br />

Institute in western New<br />

York, looking forward to great programs<br />

and cooler weather! Jane Goodridge,<br />

who drove over from Richmond<br />

on our Reunion on Saturday,<br />

is now going to visit an old friend<br />

in Mission Viejo, CA. Betty Stanly<br />

Cates was lavish in her praise of Reunion<br />

and of President Woo. Betty is<br />

off to North Carolina for her brother’s<br />

80th birthday.<br />

Both Betsy Parker McColl<br />

and McNair Curry Maxwell sent<br />

thanks and congratulations to our<br />

classmates for prize-winning generosity<br />

to the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Fund. Mc-<br />

Nair particularly worked very hard<br />

on the fundraising. Afterward she<br />

and Bob went to a cousin’s birthday<br />

in South Carolina, then to stay at a<br />

famous old inn and a log cabin in a<br />

tree farm in North Carolina. Finally,<br />

they spent the last week of August<br />

with children and grandchildren on<br />

the coast of Oregon.<br />

Keitt Matheson Wood and<br />

Frank (one of the brave husbands<br />

who came to Reunion) had a good<br />

visit with Anne Leavell Reynolds<br />

and Herbert in Louisville before<br />

their trip to <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> and afterward<br />

visited them again at their<br />

home in Hershey, PA. Then the<br />

Woods continued to Colorado for<br />

what is becoming an annual visit<br />

with Heinz and me, bringing along<br />

their daughter, Helen, who lives in<br />

Denver. They also visited son Gordon<br />

and his family in Kansas City,<br />

where their two grandsons are freshmen<br />

in college and high school, respectively.<br />

A few of us are still working<br />

and refusing to slow down. Irene<br />

Pschorr Belknap writes, “I continue<br />

to work on my paintings, having<br />

done many series. Google “Irene<br />

Belknap” and check out my website<br />

if you are interested. We adore living<br />

just outside of San Francisco. We<br />

look forward to the next “Culture<br />

Vulture” season and attend many<br />

concerts, operas and theatre.”<br />

Pat Calkins Wilder has had a<br />

busy season with a few weeks photographing<br />

in Portugal, showing work<br />

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MLHA with sons 40 years apart<br />

at seven art shows around the East<br />

Coast, visiting family in Seattle and<br />

other family visiting from England,<br />

and “hours and hours of watering<br />

the gardens just to keep them going<br />

between rare rain events.” Anne<br />

Funkhouser Strite-Kurz sends<br />

news that she and Bill are moving<br />

to Easton, MD, in November to be<br />

closer to their children. Anne will<br />

not be retiring since she is returning<br />

to the region where she started<br />

her embroidery-teaching career but<br />

looks forward to cutting back her<br />

schedule and doing fewer long-distance<br />

seminars. Karen Gill Meyer<br />

and Jim continue to enjoy their work<br />

as financial consultants in Phoenix<br />

and have taken on two partners who<br />

allow them the luxury of flexible<br />

time. They attend quarterly meetings<br />

at Kansas University, where Jim is on<br />

the Chancellor’s Athletic Board.<br />

A last-minute note from Katharine<br />

Bradford Collins says she spent<br />

a lot time out in the woods enjoying<br />

Wyoming summer. Sarah Hitch<br />

Hill and Harvey visited her in late<br />

July, and they had a wonderful time<br />

hiking and catching up. Heinz and<br />

I (Allie Stemmons Simon) spent<br />

the summer on our mountaintop in<br />

Snowmass Village, CO, and feeling<br />

very sorry for our friends who were<br />

frying in Texas. I just attended (by<br />

phone) my last <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> board<br />

meeting. It has been a privilege to<br />

work with this extraordinary group<br />

of people who have literally resurrected<br />

our <strong>College</strong>. I am proud of<br />

what has been accomplished and<br />

look forward to a great future. Best<br />

to you all - Allie<br />

1964<br />

Peggy Aurand<br />

26387 Oak Plain Drive<br />

Santa Clarita, Calif. 91321<br />

pegzaloha@yahoo.com<br />

Nancy Banfield Feher and husband<br />

Ted enjoyed a beautiful cruise<br />

on the Adriatic Sea and then visited<br />

Lake Como.<br />

Ginny Debuys relays that her<br />

husband Jerry’s golfing adventures<br />

take her places where, more often<br />

than not, she has a classmate. This<br />

past spring, they went to Mountain<br />

Lakes in Lake Wales, FL. Allison<br />

Jennings McCance is living there.<br />

Always caring Ginny, with the help<br />

of Allison’s caregivers, arranged to<br />

have tea with her. Even though Allison<br />

won’t remember the visit, they<br />

connected while Ginny was there<br />

and had a good time. Ginny played<br />

the video of Claire Hughes Knapp<br />

and the class singing “Fever” for her,<br />

and later sent a copy. It is likely that<br />

Ginny and Jerry will return this<br />

coming spring, and they’ll repeat the<br />

visit. This fall they go to Sea Island,<br />

where Ginny hopes to see Nancy<br />

Hall Green. This past summer she<br />

enjoyed a few days at <strong>Sweet</strong> Work<br />

Weeks at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, eating very<br />

well as the food is delicious now. After<br />

that, Jerry joined her for a tour of<br />

Hot Springs, VA (the Homestead),<br />

and White Sulphur Springs near<br />

Lewisburg, W.Va., where they took<br />

the Greenbrier Bunker tour. While<br />

there, they went to a state fair, and<br />

Ginny showed Jerry where she went<br />

to Camp Allegheny. Further travel<br />

took them to Asheville, N.C., where<br />

they toured the Biltmore and visited<br />

her sister-in-law. They stopped<br />

in Brevard, N.C., where Ginny was<br />

able to see Mibs Sebring Raney and<br />

Bev. A stop in Savannah, GA, was<br />

Ginny DeBuys ’64 visits Allison Jennings McCance ‘64<br />

where they enjoyed the best food.<br />

Finally, they came to rest at home.<br />

She admits missing the mountains<br />

but very much enjoyed being in the<br />

“Virginias.”<br />

Mary Green Borg is still teaching<br />

a full load of American history<br />

and Colorado history, how to be a<br />

secondary social studies teacher, and<br />

mentoring her department’s student<br />

teachers at UNC. As if that weren’t<br />

enough, she teaches a Writing Your<br />

Life class at the Greeley Senior<br />

Center. She is blessed with five terrific<br />

sons, their wonderful spouses/<br />

girlfriends and 12 grands. The first<br />

grandchild is off to college this fall.<br />

One of her kids just reminded her<br />

that pretty soon she will have been a<br />

widow longer than she was married!<br />

Life for Mary is weird, often unexpected,<br />

but she has found it always<br />

profoundly interesting, challenging<br />

at times, and mostly absolutely delightful<br />

and fun.<br />

Hedi Haug White reports that<br />

she has finally retired — to the extent<br />

one ever retires from a family<br />

business. She and Tom are both well<br />

and looking forward to another ski<br />

winter. She plans to go to our 55th!!<br />

and is looking forward to it! Yes!<br />

Martha “Tuck” Mattern Harvey<br />

says that she and Ralph continue to<br />

spend six months each in Texas and<br />

Virginia. This year, they are leaving<br />

Virginia a little earlier than usual so<br />

she can have her right knee replaced<br />

in Texas. She and Ralph both think<br />

all they do is go to doctors and funerals.<br />

Says Martha: “This old age stuff<br />

is not fun!”<br />

Lynne Smith Crow is still traveling.<br />

Last fall she went to Bangkok<br />

and Myanmar. She says that she<br />

liked Bangkok but that Myanmar,<br />

although interesting, was not her favorite<br />

place. This past spring, she did<br />

a cruise in the Baltic. Luckily, every<br />

day was beautiful. She stepped off<br />

the plane in Newark, and it started<br />

to rain! This past summer she rented<br />

a house on the Cape (Chatham)<br />

with her two married children, their<br />

spouses, and three grandchildren,<br />

with one on the way. She has a lot<br />

of family there, too. She has another<br />

trip scheduled for October. Because<br />

of her traveling habit, Lynne is still<br />

working!<br />

Your scribe, Peggy Aurand, is<br />

enjoying running her vacation rental<br />

in Honolulu. Fortunately, despite<br />

three days of ominous coverage on<br />

the Weather Channel, Oahu dodged<br />

a bullet, remaining unscathed from<br />

Hurricane Lane. She and some California<br />

friends planned to head to<br />

Hawaii at the end of September for<br />

a fun stay. In August, she enjoyed a<br />

wonderful visit from her younger<br />

son, Peter, from Taiwan.<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

1965<br />

Sally Hubbard<br />

47 Parsons Green Circle<br />

Sewanee, Tenn. 37375<br />

sally@hubbard.net<br />

Eugenia Caldwell and husband<br />

Peter are enjoying a cool, sunny San<br />

Francisco summer, marred sometimes<br />

by summer winds and fog!<br />

Classmates are so welcome to visit.<br />

Their big news is that they’re going<br />

on a birding trip to Madagascar for<br />

the month of November. Eighty<br />

percent of the flora and fauna are endemic,<br />

and they’re looking forward<br />

to the 20 species of lemur as much<br />

as the birds.<br />

Melinda Musgrove Chapman is<br />

so glad that our 50th reunion did not<br />

turn out to be our last. She turned 75<br />

on Mothers’ Day and is starting her<br />

fourth quarter! Her family is scattered<br />

all over the country. Her son<br />

and his wife and her oldest daughter<br />

are in Dallas. Her oldest grandson<br />

is out of college and working in San<br />

Diego. His sisters are both college<br />

seniors, one in Boston and one in<br />

Auburn. Their younger brother is a<br />

freshman at King’s <strong>College</strong> in NYC.<br />

Melinda’s youngest daughter is in<br />

Birmingham; her college student is<br />

at Appalachian State in Boone N.C.;<br />

her daughter, the youngest grandchild,<br />

is in 10th grade. Melinda loves<br />

Face Time. She is still selling houses<br />

and has too much energy to retire.<br />

See you in 2020!<br />

Eileen Stroud Clark says all is<br />

well with her family. They live in<br />

Rehoboth, DE, nine months of the<br />

year and Palm Springs, CA, the rest.<br />

Their three children are married, and<br />

they have 12 grandchildren. After 40<br />

years of working in IT and volunteering,<br />

she is now taking it easy. She<br />

hopes to see Mel Freese Cota at the<br />

end of August.<br />

Foy Roberson Cooley is traveling<br />

from Montana to Utah and back<br />

to New Jersey soon and hopes to see<br />

Mel when she visits Connecticut in<br />

September.<br />

Mel Freese Cota celebrated her<br />

75th birthday with a grand family reunion.<br />

She has six grandchildren and<br />

the oldest is 17. Daughter Vicky and<br />

family live in Mexico City and spend<br />

the summers in Santander, Spain;<br />

Vicky’s daughter just celebrated her<br />

15th birthday. Memo lives with Mel<br />

and Alberto and will care for his father<br />

while Mel travels with son Beto<br />

and his daughters for a visit at their<br />

home in Connecticut in September.<br />

After 50 years in the same house,<br />

Alice Foster Ficken moved to a<br />

nearby cluster-home neighborhood.<br />

She loves the house and has wonderful<br />

friends in the neighborhood,<br />

and her yard is completely taken<br />

care of by the HOA. She hopes to<br />

get together with suitemates Elvira<br />

McMillan Mannelly, Libba Hanger<br />

Luther, and Aline Rex McEvoy in<br />

the fall in the N.C. mountains.<br />

Babette Fraser Hale and her<br />

97-year-old husband, Leon, have<br />

recently traveled to NYC and across<br />

Texas catching up with grandchildren<br />

and far-flung relatives. Her novel<br />

manuscript has been submitted to<br />

publishers by her agent, and she is<br />

working on a story collection. She’s<br />

busy also with fundraising for Winedale<br />

and with voter turnout and<br />

her newspaper column. Leon and<br />

Babette continue to write about their<br />

life experiences and connections, and<br />

recast memory into novel, interesting<br />

shapes. Follow them on Facebook<br />

and Twitter. Babette is in touch with<br />

Marianne Micros, who has written<br />

at least five books, the latest of which<br />

is a fascinating story collection, EYE,<br />

which came out in July.<br />

Bunny Sutton Healy says, “Patience<br />

is a virtue” — and she’s delighted<br />

to see first grandchild Eliza<br />

in Denver every couple of months.<br />

Bunny is healthy, energetic, and busier<br />

than when she was working.<br />

Sally McCrady Hubbard is on<br />

a pink cloud of gratitude for the opportunity<br />

to walk 110 miles of the<br />

Camino de Santiago with daughter<br />

Anna, 52, of San Francisco. She<br />

had drive-by visits recently with son<br />

Hayne and Katie as they took their<br />

daughter Margaret to begin college<br />

at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.<br />

She’s caring for her brother Waring<br />

McCrady for the next few weeks as<br />

he recovers from foot surgery. Incidentally,<br />

Waring went to France with<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> in 1958 so is considered<br />

an SBC alumnus.<br />

After 30 years in Florida, Libba<br />

Hanger Luther and husband<br />

Steve are happily settled in Trilogy,<br />

a 55-and-over community in Denver,<br />

N.C., near 6 of their 10 grandchildren,<br />

who live nearby on Lake<br />

Norman. The lake has 500 miles of<br />

The Cota family celebrates Mel’s 75th birthday! Beto and family are on<br />

the left; Vicky and family on the right, with Memo and Mel’s brother Dick<br />

and wife, Sigrid. Queretaro, Aug. 13, <strong>2018</strong><br />

shoreline and is just north of Charlotte.<br />

They’ve downsized but have a<br />

guest room and invite us all to visit.<br />

She says, “Happy 75th Birthday to<br />

one and all.”<br />

Nancy MacMeekin is enjoying<br />

retirement with family, friends,<br />

church, and volunteer work. She<br />

travels with Vicky Thoma Barrette<br />

to various places, including a recent<br />

“Uncruise Adventure” on the Columbia<br />

and Snake rivers in the Pacific<br />

Northwest.<br />

Mary K. Lee McDonald’s work<br />

as our Class Fund Agent was spectacularly<br />

successful; she and her crew<br />

enjoyed personal contact with many<br />

classmates and inspired a class-giving<br />

percentage of 39.8% and total<br />

contributions of $106,980. Mary<br />

K. still helps clients with real estate<br />

needs. She does house and 20-yearold<br />

landscaping maintenance; she’s<br />

helping sell John’s HUGE model<br />

railroad collection and traveling.<br />

Dasha “Daria” Obolensky Morgan:<br />

Daria has enjoyed local SBC<br />

club get-togethers and would love<br />

to hear from classmates. Her biggest<br />

interests are gardening, music,<br />

and tennis, but she also writes for<br />

and edits family publications, weekly<br />

Tribune newspapers, and her<br />

nephew’s monthly magazine, Capital<br />

at Play. With her brother she is<br />

re-publishing her grandfather Alexis<br />

Obolensky’s memoirs, updated with<br />

photos and other writings. From this<br />

project she has learned details of her<br />

mother’s escape as a baby from Russia<br />

during the Revolution. She and<br />

local cousins recently celebrated the<br />

refurbishing and placement of the<br />

plane her uncle Bob Morgan piloted,<br />

the Memphis Belle, at the Air Force<br />

Museum in Dayton.<br />

Laura Haskell Phinizy continues<br />

caring for Stewart, who has Alzheimer’s,<br />

and once again enjoyed all<br />

the family at their Kanuga cottage in<br />

August.<br />

Carol Reifsnyder Rhoads announces<br />

the sale of their Colorado<br />

house and purchase of a home right<br />

off the Blue Ridge Parkway between<br />

Boone and Blowing Rock. They are<br />

having fun exploring this part of<br />

N.C. They had a great reunion at<br />

Kill Devil Hills in August with their<br />

three kids and their families. She’s<br />

glad to return to the East Coast closer<br />

to their daughter.<br />

After breast cancer treatment in<br />

2017, Saralyn McAfee Smith’s thin<br />

straight hair grew in thick and curly.<br />

She and Hamp are doing okay. Older<br />

granddaughter Sierra lives with<br />

them; she is in her second semester<br />

of college and does deskwork at a<br />

local motel after classes. Younger<br />

granddaughter Cheyenne just entered<br />

middle school. Daughter Laura<br />

is the sales manager and fundraiser<br />

for the Boot Hill Museum and organized<br />

a revival involving more than<br />

15 churches this summer.<br />

After 4 decades, Chris Kilcullen<br />

Thurlow and Steve have moved from<br />

Greenwich, CT, to Grand Harbor in<br />

Vero Beach, FL, for golf, biking, and<br />

beaching. Their six grandmonsters<br />

are still in Connecticut; so they spent<br />

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much of the summer there, and also<br />

traveled to Niagara <strong>Fall</strong>s and Banff<br />

for golf and over-eating with friends.<br />

For their 50th anniversary, they<br />

plan to take the whole family —<br />

kids, spouses, and grands — rafting<br />

through the Grand Canyon. Health<br />

is good and life is full of blessings.<br />

1966<br />

Susan Sudduth Dodson Hiller<br />

4811 Garrison Rd.<br />

Little Rock, Ariz. 72223<br />

ssdh22@yahoo.com<br />

Congratulations to the <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> Board of Directors for their<br />

wisdom in selecting our classmate<br />

Keenan Colton Kelsey to become<br />

a member! We know well that she<br />

will be excellent as she serves in this<br />

position. She writes that she attended<br />

her first Board meeting in August<br />

and says that she “is so pleased” and<br />

“in awe” to be on the Board. While<br />

at SBC, she saw Jane Nelson, who<br />

was there doing <strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks<br />

work. Since Makanah Dunham<br />

Morris came over for lunch on<br />

Sunday, they had a mini-reunion!<br />

Keenan also keeps busy with periodic<br />

preaching, involvement with<br />

kids and grandkids, 12-step work,<br />

and political campaigning and fundraising.<br />

In other words, she “is finally<br />

enjoying retirement!”<br />

Speaking of Jane Nelson … she<br />

says that retirement continues to be<br />

very busy, as she spends time between<br />

Richmond and her home in<br />

Culpeper. Anne Ward Stern, her<br />

sister Dearing Ward Johns ’63, and<br />

Dearing’s husband, Harry, had a<br />

lovely visit with Jane when they came<br />

to Culpeper for lunch in July, when<br />

Anne was visiting Dearing in Charlottesville.<br />

Jane is looking forward<br />

to seeing roommates Keenan, Penn<br />

Willits Fullerton, and Susan Sudduth<br />

Hiller in September for their<br />

annual gathering and also plans to<br />

see Randi Miles Long and husband<br />

Herb on the same trip. As Keenan<br />

noted, Jane was at SBC for <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

Work Weeks. Also, she continues<br />

to enjoy her niece, nephew, and their<br />

families.<br />

Penn Willits Fullerton sent her<br />

news from the deck of their cabin<br />

on the Boulder River in Montana,<br />

where they go to fly fishing every<br />

summer. “Golden days shared with<br />

family.” She says that she and her<br />

husband, George, are blessed with<br />

good health and family nearby. She<br />

agrees that it will be wonderful to be<br />

with the three SBC roommates in<br />

Ashland, OR, this fall. Penn enjoys<br />

teaching creative writing in her local<br />

elementary school. “Life is full and<br />

happy.”<br />

Anne Ward Stern writes that<br />

she still lives in Cincinnati with Ed,<br />

her husband of 50 years. He has<br />

some challenging health issues but<br />

continues to direct plays around the<br />

country. She is enjoying retirement<br />

(Is there a theme here?), loving the<br />

time she spends with family and<br />

friends, volunteering at a drug and<br />

alcohol treatment center, and riding<br />

her horse, Dickens. In addition to<br />

the visit with Jane Nelson, she also<br />

caught up with Bunny [aka Bonnie]<br />

Cord and Nel Wheatly Turner.<br />

Bunny lives in Houston and was visiting<br />

family in Cincinnati. They chatted<br />

with Nel in Virginia via phone.<br />

“It is such a blessing that our SBC<br />

friendships are a continual source of<br />

joy and support!” [Amen!]<br />

Makanah Dunham Morris and<br />

husband Bob celebrated their 35th<br />

wedding anniversary at Chautauqua,<br />

along with Betty Booker Morris,<br />

Bob’s brother Dabney, and Susie<br />

Helm, and her husband, Nelson.<br />

The programs while they were there<br />

focused on “how ‘American identity’<br />

needs to stretch and evolve to genuinely<br />

include diversity in new ways.”<br />

Later in July they had a wonderful<br />

trip to England and Scotland with<br />

the Jefferson Choral Society. (Bob<br />

is a member.) They sang in several<br />

cathedrals in Liverpool, Edinburgh,<br />

Glasgow, and also a Benedictine Abbey.<br />

“Very grateful.”<br />

Mary Ann Farmer Calhoun:<br />

“I guess Tom and I are the proudest<br />

grandparents after attending<br />

our oldest grandson Miller Farley’s<br />

graduation from St. Christopher’s in<br />

Richmond. With honors and soccer<br />

awards, he is off to Virginia Tech in<br />

the fall!” Her roommate Jane Strickler<br />

has a granddaughter at Georgia<br />

Tech in Atlanta. She is still enjoying<br />

her dance and tennis and spends<br />

many weekends with friend Bill<br />

Word in Highlands, N.C. Mary Ann<br />

and Tom enjoyed a family (all 16 of<br />

them!!) beach trip on Tybee Island.<br />

They also have planned in August a<br />

riverboat cruise into Puget Sound,<br />

around the San Juan Islands, and to<br />

Victoria, B.C.<br />

Pam Jones Brown and her husband,<br />

Joe, celebrated 52 years of<br />

marriage in August! He still practices<br />

law full time, and Pam has her<br />

Stoneprints Jewelry business and<br />

enjoys sharing with many collectors<br />

and clients. In that pursuit, she loves<br />

working with natural gemstones and<br />

ancient amulets collected from her<br />

travels. She sells privately from her<br />

studio and trunk shows. “We are<br />

blessed with four sons, five grands,<br />

and now a great-grandson! My love<br />

to all of our classmates!”<br />

Susie Moseley Helm and her<br />

husband, Nelson, spent the summer<br />

at their wonderful place at Chautauqua,<br />

N.Y. Son Pen was with them<br />

for a bit, and all is well with Ted<br />

and Steph in Somerville. She truly<br />

enjoyed seeing Makanah Dunham<br />

Morriss, Betty Booker Morriss,<br />

and Marcy Fisher at Chautauqua<br />

this summer.<br />

Barbara D. Van Cleve stays very<br />

busy visiting her grown children and<br />

their families in Seattle, Tulsa, and<br />

central Illinois. Her oldest and family<br />

live nearer to her, in Greensboro,<br />

N.C. She took her daughter and<br />

granddaughter to Paris in May and<br />

will travel to Spain in the fall. It is<br />

easy to see why her friends in High<br />

Point tease her that she is never<br />

home. “They might be right, but life<br />

is good, and there’s so much to learn<br />

and celebrate.”<br />

Sally Thomas Hoffman and<br />

her husband, Paul, live near Seattle<br />

on five wooded acres in Snohomish,<br />

near a large equestrian park, where<br />

they see many animals — deer, raccoons,<br />

coyotes, bobcats, bears, eagles,<br />

herons, ravens, hawks, and owls. Sally<br />

has been retired for more than 20<br />

years from a career as an engineer in<br />

electronics and medical devices. Her<br />

husband worked at Boeing. She enjoys<br />

the Seattle chapter of the American<br />

Sewing Guild as well as her big,<br />

fenced vegetable garden. Her battery-operated<br />

chain saw is kept busy<br />

as she attempts to “neaten up” the<br />

woods. She especially likes the lily<br />

of the valley, trillium, and others that<br />

grow there. They travel to visit their<br />

nieces and nephews and grandnieces<br />

and grandnephews, who live all over<br />

the country and Brazil. Traveling<br />

widely, they have been to Mexico,<br />

Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, China,<br />

Canada, Hawaii, and Australia. Future<br />

plans include Hungary, where<br />

Paul’s father lived, and to Prague,<br />

perhaps also France and Portugal.<br />

Dianna Rankin reports that she<br />

now happily lives in Florida, having<br />

moved there six years ago. Her oldest<br />

son and his family live nearby. All<br />

five children are doing well: oldest<br />

daughter is an attorney, married with<br />

two children, living in Toronto; second<br />

daughter is a teacher/librarian/<br />

writer, married with three children,<br />

living in Wisconsin; oldest son is in<br />

tech sales, married with one child;<br />

youngest daughter is a tech guru, unmarried,<br />

living in lovely Los Gatos,<br />

CA; and youngest son, unmarried,<br />

lives and works in Wisconsin, where<br />

he graduated from the university.<br />

She attended the Kentucky Derby<br />

this past May and got to see close<br />

up the winner, Justify, who went on<br />

to win the Triple Crown. It was her<br />

first Derby and number one on her<br />

bucket list. While in the area, she<br />

also visited Thoroughbred horse<br />

farms in Lexington and the impressive<br />

Kentucky Horse Park.<br />

Randi Miles Long says that she<br />

feels so fortunate to have Penn Mullin<br />

Fullerton and Keenan Colton<br />

Kelsey nearby. Through them, she<br />

gets to keep up with Jane Nelson<br />

and Susan Sudduth Hiller. “ Time<br />

marches on — grandchildren are<br />

getting older” (one graduated this<br />

year from George Washington and<br />

another will be a sophomore next<br />

year, studying engineering). There<br />

are still two younger ones. Randi enjoys<br />

gardening, birding, volunteering<br />

(in community and local Presbyterian<br />

church), and traveling. Being part<br />

of an interfaith group of Christian,<br />

Muslim, and Jewish women is one<br />

of the most meaningful things she is<br />

currently involved in.<br />

This is Susan Sudduth Hiller,<br />

now telling my story. I have truly<br />

enjoyed acting as class secretary and<br />

gathering these accounts. While<br />

assembling and entering them, I<br />

have felt Ms. Ethel Rammage over<br />

my shoulder, making sure that my<br />

grammar and punctuation are correct.<br />

(If you find any errors, please<br />

don’t tell me!) Chuck and I are also<br />

enjoying our retirement years. He<br />

is involved in many activities. I continue<br />

to be especially focused on my<br />

triple efforts as a grief counselor, lay<br />

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chaplain, and Hospice volunteer. I<br />

was truly humbled by being named<br />

Volunteer of the Year for Arkansas<br />

Hospice and have now been asked to<br />

join their board. Also, I am working<br />

in a number of capacities with St.<br />

Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Even<br />

though still heavy-of-heart over the<br />

passing of our precious 16.5-yearold<br />

Cardigan Corgi Finian in October,<br />

we are blessed to have sweet<br />

puppy Drea (short for Andreas,<br />

Welsh for Andrew), who came from<br />

the same kennel. My daughter is still<br />

amazingly busy being an attorney,<br />

mom to dear Katie, Andrew, and<br />

Ethan, wife, gardener, skier (hmm…<br />

where did she get that interest?),<br />

traveler, etc. etc. I am so proud of her.<br />

I do thank each one of you who sent<br />

me your wonderful information. I<br />

have thoroughly enjoyed getting a bit<br />

caught up in your lives.<br />

1967<br />

Stephanie Lucas Harrison<br />

5458 Lynbrook Drive<br />

Houston, Texas 77077<br />

sharrison@coatsrose.com<br />

Gail Robins O’Quin: “ We’re<br />

back from Alaska and still cannot get<br />

back in the grind. We had a grand<br />

trip; I had no idea of the majesty of<br />

the state. We did hear a presentation<br />

on the Iditarod Race. Back in the<br />

70s, I had a plea from an SBC graduate<br />

(several years ahead of us) for<br />

money to support her poodles in the<br />

race; I sent her $50 that we did not<br />

have, struggling with family, school<br />

tuition, etc. I finally found out that<br />

there was a team of poodles that actually<br />

finished the race, but the head<br />

musher was a man. Had to have been<br />

the same team. One of the presenters<br />

did assure me that the poodles died<br />

because their coats froze; I didn’t<br />

sleep for two nights, sure that I had<br />

killed poodles, but she was obviously<br />

just pulling my leg! Does anyone remember<br />

any of the story of an SBC<br />

graduate being involved with this<br />

race with poodles? We’re off to Costa<br />

Rica in November; Bill and I decided<br />

that we’d better get in all the traveling<br />

that we can while we’re still able!”<br />

Pat Neithold Hertzberg: “Mike<br />

and I have done a lot of celebrating<br />

this summer: For the big 50th anniversary,<br />

we were in the mountains in<br />

Susan Tucker ’67 (center), honorary chairman of the Forward Arts<br />

Fashion Show Luncheon in Atlanta with co-chair Duvall Fuqua (left) and<br />

co-chair Aimee Chubb<br />

southern Spain with Diana Cassidy<br />

Rich ’69 and husband Sandy. Celebrated<br />

our nephew’s high school<br />

graduation in Niagara <strong>Fall</strong>s. Relaxed<br />

in North Topsail Beach, N.C., where<br />

Mike and my brother commiserated<br />

their adjoining birthdays. In Florida<br />

for seven months, starting in December.<br />

Have seen Pat Sadtler Baxter<br />

and Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings<br />

there.”<br />

Karen Schwabenton Shipper:<br />

“Reporting from the Colorado High<br />

Plains, where we haven’t viewed<br />

Pikes Peak all summer because of<br />

smoke from wildfires out West, but<br />

not nearby. I am delighted with last<br />

year’s hip replacement and the fact<br />

that otherwise I am not arthritic.<br />

Getting back to riding my horses,<br />

gardening, and chores without pain<br />

was wonderful. Alas, I am currently<br />

healing nicely from stable pelvic fractures<br />

from falling from my very ‘Irish’<br />

Connemara. The local hospital said I<br />

was in great shape for a ‘horse injury.’<br />

Meanwhile, husband John cares for<br />

my two horses and our persnickety<br />

barn cat.”<br />

Carroll Randolph Barr: “All is<br />

well with the Barr family. Spending<br />

summer in Michigan is our usual<br />

M.O., and we do love it, though we<br />

are always happy to go back to Virginia,<br />

our home on Lake Latane, our<br />

friends, UVa athletics, and everything<br />

that happens in Virginia. The<br />

children and grandchildren plus lots<br />

of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and<br />

their friends were here for two weeks<br />

in July; our house on the lake with<br />

boat and other water toys was camp<br />

headquarters! We loved it, and when<br />

they left, I got out my blower and<br />

blew the sand out of the house. Hesitate<br />

to say that our health is good …<br />

Mike still struggling with his knee …<br />

the small percentage of people whose<br />

knee-replacement surgery has not<br />

been ‘the best thing I ever did.’ He is a<br />

very good sport, but I dread another<br />

operation, which is a possibility.”<br />

Mary Gillespie Monroe has a<br />

new address: 3615 Hawthorne Avenue,<br />

Richmond, VA. 23222.<br />

Judy Benson Stigle: “Florida has<br />

not been a summer thrill this year<br />

with heat, humidity, Red Tide, and<br />

constant rain and thunderstorms.<br />

Hoping for a nice trip but so far only<br />

Knoxville and Indianapolis. Gotta<br />

work harder on my guy. Working<br />

three days a week, and life is good.”<br />

Linda Fite: Since our last class<br />

notes (I think), I have been to Ireland<br />

and Scotland with two of my<br />

three sisters plus one of their pals, a<br />

very nice trip during which I backed<br />

into only one stone wall. My nextborn<br />

sister has Alzheimer’s, and<br />

she had requested that I take her on<br />

perhaps her last foreign journey. She<br />

wanted to visit Northern Ireland. It<br />

went well, she did amazingly well,<br />

and even though I am a lazy sod, I<br />

am very glad I was able to do that<br />

for her. I visited Pam Ford Kelley<br />

in Newport twice this summer (in<br />

case you hadn’t heard, her beloved<br />

husband, Brendan, died on May 18),<br />

one time along with Joanne Tumolo<br />

Bario ’68 (she transferred to George<br />

Washington University after sophomore<br />

year). We had a good visit,<br />

including a terrific chamber music<br />

concert by the Imani Winds at the<br />

Breakers ... what a venue!! My surviving<br />

chickens made it through the<br />

summer, none killed by predators (I<br />

still have five hens and Brewster the<br />

Rooster, whose beauty makes up for<br />

his annoying crowing). All my children<br />

(remember that soap opera?)<br />

seem to be doing well. And their<br />

children, ditto. We all spent a week<br />

together in mid-August at Bethany<br />

Beach, DE, which is an annual<br />

tradition going back decades. My<br />

deal: I pay, but I don’t shop, cook, or<br />

clean! And I just hosted a weeklong<br />

Grammy Camp for my two Brooklyn<br />

grandsons, which also went well<br />

(no trips to the hospital, no poison<br />

ivy, only one fistfight, lots of swimming,<br />

Legos, and video games). I’m<br />

excited to be going to Cuba in October<br />

... a longed-for visit. Health OK.<br />

Job good. Cars are both still running<br />

fine (one is a 2003 Mini Cooper; the<br />

other, a 2003 Subaru -- I like ‘em old,<br />

like ME!). I may not be aging gracefully,<br />

but I am aging gratefully!<br />

Carole Munn: “Wish I could<br />

weigh in with something fab but<br />

got nothing new! Still living in Cape<br />

Canaveral, FL, working as flight attendant<br />

(48 years now), and flitting<br />

around the world on fun trips like<br />

parties, cruises, various causes and<br />

donor trips. Sorry to say, no pets, not<br />

even plants, since I’m seldom home<br />

but so enjoy living on the beach<br />

when I am.”<br />

Gracey Stoddard: “Still retired<br />

as a paid social worker but otherwise<br />

working as a volunteer head of<br />

a foundation (African Dream Academy<br />

Foundation) that supports a<br />

tuition-free, co-ed school in Liberia<br />

West Africa. Reaching the end of<br />

my fifth year as president, I am now<br />

making the transition back to vice<br />

president, while my VP becomes<br />

the new president, a good move<br />

for me, since eventually I will have<br />

more time for travel, painting (new<br />

hobby), and other, as-yet-to-be-discovered<br />

adventures. This summer, I<br />

enjoyed traveling to the West Coast<br />

to visit Yosemite National Park and<br />

San Francisco with my two sons for<br />

a week, just before the fires got started;<br />

visited with a group of painting<br />

friends in New Hampshire, where<br />

we painted au plein air, except when<br />

there was plenty of rain to dampen<br />

our enthusiasm; and visited with my<br />

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sister and her husband who live on<br />

Lake Champlain in northern Vermont.<br />

Plans were to travel to Maine<br />

in mid-September to paint with my<br />

same group of friends; and finally, in<br />

mid-January, to travel solo to Vietnam<br />

and Cambodia on a Rhodes<br />

Scholar walking tour and to see a<br />

high school classmate who lives in<br />

Hanoi. Would anyone like to join<br />

me?”<br />

Bonnie Blew Pierie: “Tim and<br />

I have spent the summer trying to<br />

catch up on taking care of our Grafton<br />

place and visiting with friends<br />

who have come through at various<br />

times as their travels permitted. It<br />

seems like downsizing has come into<br />

view here as we find we can only do<br />

about half a day’s work compared to<br />

our younger days. And, it sure has<br />

been a warm summer. Still, we enjoy<br />

it here and hope to slowly make the<br />

dreaded ‘transition.’ I am voting for<br />

a yard service, but Tim is adamantly<br />

against such ... thinks we should<br />

give it all up before he could stoop<br />

so low! I am also wanting a new tractor<br />

for Christmas or my birthday or<br />

his birthday or any other occasion I<br />

can drum up, but that it not a present<br />

I will receive; I will have to give<br />

it instead. He continues to row, and<br />

I continue to ride (my daughter’s<br />

horse). Our granddaughters are now<br />

19 (out at Oregon State) and 17<br />

and the twins are now 14. We had<br />

our 50th anniversary in June with<br />

no fanfare and had a little trip out<br />

to see the races at Saratoga and plan<br />

another to Vermont next week to see<br />

friends who have rented a home near<br />

Woodstock. There is also hope for<br />

time to get to Cape Cod for another<br />

chance to see old friends, but Florida<br />

calls and may interfere.”<br />

Ginny Stanley Douglas: “Bill<br />

and I now have a 10-week-old puppy,<br />

a mini Australian Shepherd we’ve<br />

named Kipling. He is doing well<br />

sleeping through the night; however,<br />

he has started chewing up the<br />

drip system in our garden with his<br />

puppy teeth. Getting to be a very<br />

expensive puppy. Our grandchildren,<br />

Genna and Miles, visit us more often<br />

so they can see Kip! They live<br />

four blocks away, fortunately. I had<br />

a fun trip with girlfriends to Southern<br />

Italy in April and to Japan in<br />

June. And I am about to leave for<br />

Northern Italy in mid-September.<br />

Early October was to be my 50th<br />

reunion at the University of London.<br />

My London roommate called me<br />

from her home in Calgary and insisted<br />

that I join everyone. Amazing<br />

fun to have so many 50th reunions!<br />

My husband, Bill (who has decided<br />

he hates dealing with our airports),<br />

will hold down the fort. Daughter<br />

Rebecca, who amazingly has turned<br />

45, is such a joy, and we are blessed<br />

that she and our grandchildren live<br />

so close. Can’t believe our SBC Reunion<br />

was just over a year ago. So<br />

much learning and living since we all<br />

gathered in September 1963! I am<br />

very thankful for good health and<br />

good doctors, who have been amazing.<br />

Joy and Good Health to all!”<br />

Barbara Annan: “I am enjoying<br />

life in the Black Hills of South<br />

Dakota. I finished the restoration of<br />

my historic home in Rapid City and<br />

have started my application to the<br />

DAR after years of procrastination.<br />

Last year I completed an MFA in<br />

creative nonfiction at Goucher <strong>College</strong>,<br />

thus bringing my degree tally to<br />

five. <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s seeds were planted<br />

deep and numerous! The other degrees<br />

were two in religion and two in<br />

psychology. With that background<br />

I have written a book on Mongolia,<br />

looking at the cultural impact of<br />

the Communist repression on folk<br />

beliefs. I balance that with hiking,<br />

hunting, and time with my Siamese<br />

cats.” Barbara is proud of SBC for<br />

rallying and continuing to flourish<br />

as the flagship of women’s education.<br />

Peggy Minis Trethewey: “Last<br />

May, we were in Greece with me attending<br />

my annual board meeting of<br />

the Anatolia <strong>College</strong> of Thessaloniki.<br />

Before that we spent one night-day<br />

in Athens & five days in beautiful<br />

Santorini. Honestly the sky was<br />

so blue & the buildings so white it<br />

looked just like the postcard pictures<br />

you see of the Greek islands. Since<br />

then we’ve been in Sonoma with<br />

a nonstop stream of houseguests.<br />

We’ve had family from Australia,<br />

godchildren from Cleveland, and I<br />

get more family from Savannah. It’s<br />

been fun but exhausting. As we’ve<br />

decided to put our Sonoma property<br />

on the market, I think everyone is<br />

racing to get one last visit in before<br />

it’s gone! We will be heading back to<br />

Palm Beach in late October & stay<br />

there until late May. But in January<br />

we will go to Australia for our annual<br />

visit of one month to see Peter’s family<br />

and to catch up with our friends<br />

down there. We are excited because<br />

we have tickets to the men’s semifinals<br />

at the Australia Open (tennis).<br />

That’s about it from me; I’m happy<br />

to say Peter and I are healthy, as are<br />

our families, which is such a blessing<br />

at this age.<br />

Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings:<br />

“I am sitting on a plane as we are on<br />

our way to see Emery (Wyoming) to<br />

hike and chill and help her with her<br />

new house. Summer was quiet, and<br />

I loved it. Worked eight hours every<br />

week and took a watercolor class,<br />

which was fun and interesting. I am<br />

trying to paint at least one painting<br />

a week. We are back to traveling<br />

domestic and international, then to<br />

Florida for several months.”<br />

Beth Glaser Isaacs: “We are<br />

traveling like nomads! Canada, New<br />

York (for “Hamilton”!), London, and<br />

then Italy: Naples, Capri, Sorrento,<br />

and the Amalfi Coast. So fortunate<br />

to have the time, resources and energy<br />

for all of this. President Woo is<br />

awesome!”<br />

Sandi Hoag Ippolito: “Hi all!<br />

Don’t know how many remember<br />

me, after all these years. Lou and I<br />

have been living in Virginia for over<br />

20 years now. We have four kids,<br />

five grandchildren, five horses, three<br />

cats, and three dogs. Lou is retired<br />

but still teaches a couple of courses<br />

a year in the graduate program<br />

of George Washington University.<br />

Our youngest and her husband have<br />

moved back to the farm so they can<br />

help with all the animals … and with<br />

some free time, Lou and I are about<br />

to embark on a new adventure. We<br />

camped a lot when the kids were<br />

young and loved the spontaneity of<br />

it; so we have an RV on order, and<br />

we will be tripping the light fantastic<br />

on trips around the country. We will<br />

visit places on our bucket list, visit<br />

old friends, have new adventures.<br />

This was something we spoke of,<br />

even before we were married … only<br />

took us 52 years to get around to it,<br />

lol. Love hearing what everyone else<br />

is doing!”<br />

Susan Tucker: “Being named<br />

Honorary Chair of the Forward Arts<br />

Foundation annual Fashion Show<br />

Luncheon was very special. The<br />

foundation has supported the visual<br />

arts in Atlanta since 1965. Saks Fifth<br />

Avenue sponsored the event with a<br />

runway show of designs from the<br />

house of Oscar de la Renta. It was<br />

so wonderful of fellow SBC alumna<br />

Flossie Mobley to organize a table<br />

of <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> friends. I continue to<br />

enjoy work at Tucker & Associates<br />

PR and have the best clients ever.”<br />

Eleanor Crossley Rees: “I am<br />

writing this from Wales at the end<br />

of a month-old long trip around the<br />

U.K. My husband is Welsh, and my<br />

background is English and Scottish;<br />

so we have had a marvelous trip in<br />

spite of the hot weather. Our first anniversary<br />

is next month, but we had<br />

a two-week trip to India to celebrate<br />

our marriage. I am blessed to still be<br />

fit enough to travel. Life is good!”<br />

Ted and I spent the summer<br />

as substitute parents to our granddaughter<br />

(10½) and learned an<br />

enormous amount about what unsupervised<br />

kids can find on the Internet<br />

that you cannot block. We also<br />

had terrific fun with her and miss<br />

her. My older son and his family<br />

were here over Labor Day, and my<br />

younger son and his family live here;<br />

so we had a blast with four consecutive<br />

days of four little boys and happy<br />

chaos. I am thoroughly enjoying<br />

my work — it’s interesting and fun.<br />

Life has been mostly work and family,<br />

hoping someday our master bath<br />

renovations will be finished. It’s is<br />

very happy, and I am very blessed.<br />

1968<br />

Anne Kinsey Dinan<br />

8 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11F<br />

New York, N.Y. 10010<br />

akdinan@rcn.com<br />

As always, many thanks to everyone<br />

who submitted news and photos.<br />

Jule (Julie) Seibels Northup:<br />

I officially retired in 2017 from the<br />

practice of law but have enjoyed pro<br />

bono work for Pisgah Legal Services<br />

as well as having time to visit our<br />

children in Houston and Seattle and<br />

be at our house in the Virgin Islands.<br />

The fact that I was unable to attend<br />

the SBC Reunion was mitigated<br />

when we got together with a group<br />

of 10 alumnae from the class of 1980<br />

celebrating their 60th birthdays on<br />

Water Island! Fred and I celebrated<br />

our 50th wedding anniversary in<br />

June. We met while attending <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> Junior Year in France, lived in<br />

France twice after that, and are head-<br />

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ed back to France in October.<br />

Leslie Bissell Hoopes: Glad<br />

that the 50th Reunion was such a<br />

success! The highlight of my year<br />

was getting a knee replacement (!),<br />

which has enabled me to continue to<br />

give museum tours. Our son had his<br />

hip replaced this spring — now that<br />

really makes me feel ancient! We’ve<br />

lost both kids to the West Coast —<br />

La Jolla and San Francisco. Toby<br />

spent six weeks this summer sailing<br />

in Newfoundland. We’re going to<br />

Iceland to celebrate his 75th.<br />

Frances Kirven Morse: Since<br />

our wonderful 50th, I have done a lot<br />

of traveling. John and I traveled with<br />

Pembroke Herbert Kyle and Bill to<br />

the Paso Robles region of California<br />

and saw Hearst Castle, beautiful<br />

Morro Bay, and lots of interesting<br />

wineries. John and I also took each<br />

of our granddaughters on weeklong<br />

vacations — Ella to Yosemite<br />

National Park (yes, with smoke!),<br />

and Xylia to Southern California<br />

for Universal Studios (exciting rides<br />

and Harry Potter), beaches, and the<br />

traveling King Tut exhibit. After all<br />

those motion simulation rides, we<br />

are glad to be land-based again. Still<br />

admiring my pink and green feather<br />

boas and that nifty ’68 Apron designed<br />

by Pam Burwell Benton.<br />

Jennie Lyons Fogarty: Spring<br />

<strong>2018</strong> brought retirement and grandchild<br />

number nine. I spent August<br />

traveling with a few of the other<br />

eight and am now ready to go back<br />

to work — for the lower activity level<br />

and the income! Was sorry to miss<br />

the 50th and look forward to helping<br />

plan a mini-reunion.<br />

Bonnie Pitman: Summer is a<br />

time to reconnect with friends and<br />

family and to have new experiences<br />

to celebrate our lives. Joyfully, I was<br />

able to accomplish two visits to see<br />

my dear family at Lake Oscowana in<br />

New York. Hugging grandchildren<br />

Franny and Clark renews my body<br />

and spirit. My son, David Gelles, is<br />

thriving at the New York Times in<br />

the business section with his regular<br />

interviews of CEO’s in Corner Offices<br />

as well as other feature stories.<br />

I was able to attend many museum<br />

shows in NYC — The Met’s “Heavenly<br />

Bodies” show is a spectacular<br />

new assessment of the collection and<br />

the amazing couturier and roles of<br />

the Catholic Church. A new activity<br />

for me was attending my first Texas<br />

Ranger’s game in 103º heat. My<br />

book is moving forward and research<br />

on the neuroscience of observation is<br />

opening new ideas for my teaching.<br />

Conover Hunt: Well, my return<br />

to the SBC campus for our 50th was<br />

a real eye opener, and great fun! The<br />

Book Shop had copies of my murder<br />

mystery, The Constitution Murders<br />

(thank you, Diane Hunt!), and I<br />

got to jump in the lake without being<br />

thrown! I re-retired in April and<br />

have spent a relaxing summer doing<br />

nothing constructive except enjoying<br />

Buckroe Beach and feeling confident<br />

that SBC will survive and thrive.<br />

Mulling another novel; I will keep<br />

you all posted!<br />

Nancy Hickox Wright: We just<br />

completed a family and friends summer<br />

odyssey across the country —<br />

starting with seeing so many of you,<br />

dear classmates, in June.<br />

Linda Pattberg Meixner: I’m so<br />

sorry to have missed the Reunion<br />

— sounds like a great time! Life is<br />

good in Washington, D.C. (politics<br />

aside!). I’m still working as development<br />

director for Woodley House,<br />

a nonprofit residential program for<br />

people with mental illness. Will<br />

probably retire next year but for now,<br />

it’s still fun. Five grandchildren, with<br />

three close enough to visit often, and<br />

happily in touch with Celia Newberg<br />

Steingold and Sally Ruth May<br />

— old friends to the max.<br />

Toni Wikswo Best: Genie Carr<br />

ventured out to California recently,<br />

and we had a wonderful time. She<br />

had great things to say about the<br />

Reunion and friends she saw there.<br />

I am attaching a few pictures — one<br />

is from Genie’s visit when we went to<br />

Arts Visalia, a local gallery that had<br />

a show of the children’s work from<br />

seven weeks of classes offered. She<br />

is standing in front of wings created<br />

by the students so they can look<br />

like they are flying. I no longer am a<br />

musician. Gee, no one ever said that<br />

you had to be able to survive on your<br />

chosen work. Instead, I am a basket<br />

weaver and gourd artist. Many people<br />

don’t know that I started basketry<br />

when I was in the 8th grade. Now,<br />

I teach classes around the country. I<br />

was invited to teach at Arrowmont<br />

School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg,<br />

Tenn., two years ago and<br />

Pocosin’s School of Fine Craft in<br />

Columbia, N.C., as well. Since then I<br />

have taught in Washington, Nevada,<br />

and around the state of California.<br />

My pieces have been featured at the<br />

National Basketry Organization’s<br />

conference in 2015 and Handweavers<br />

Guild of America at their Convergence<br />

in Reno. Attached are a<br />

few examples of what I create. My<br />

website is tonibest.online, and you<br />

can also see my pieces at Toni Best<br />

Art on Facebook. I do not drive very<br />

far since my eyes play tricks on me;<br />

however, the train works well for<br />

most places in California. If any of<br />

you are in the area, I would love for<br />

you to come by and visit.<br />

Catherine Porter: Loved our<br />

50th Reunion! So many great<br />

friends came back. Have been enjoying<br />

a wonderful summer in Aspen<br />

but returning to D.C. for the fall.<br />

Amy Thompson McCandless:<br />

Steve and I had a wonderful trip<br />

to Amsterdam and the Norwegian<br />

fjords in June. Unfortunately for<br />

Amy Thompson McCandless<br />

’68 and husband, Steve, in<br />

Whitesands, NM<br />

Genie Carr ’68 at Arts Visalia in Visalia, CA, visiting Toni Wikswo Best ‘68<br />

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp ’68 with daughter Whitney and<br />

granddaughter Isabel<br />

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Catherine Porter ’68 with<br />

classmates Sally and Pembroke,<br />

at their 50th Reunion<br />

Julie Seibels Northrup ’68<br />

celebrating Mardi Gras in the<br />

Virgin Islands<br />

50th Reunion LAKE LEAPERS: Libby Harvey Fitzgerald, Nancy Hickox<br />

Wright, C’Anne Anderson, Pembroke Herbert Kyle and Conover Hunt<br />

Anne Kinsey Dinan ’68 and Terry<br />

at 50th Reunion<br />

Charlie and Barbara Baur<br />

Dunlap ’68 in smoky Canada and<br />

enjoying golf in the Canadian<br />

mountains<br />

Nancy Hickox Wright, Class of ’68, husband, Gil, with their Montana<br />

family: son Prescott and grandchildren Emerson, Fisher and Quinn<br />

Brenda Darden Kincaid ’68 and Doug’s wonderful grandchildren. Front<br />

row: Kate (6), Jimmy (9), Rett (9); Back row: Jack (18), Ellie (21), Hardt (15),<br />

Crawford (13), Ann Everett (12)<br />

Frances Kirven Morse ’68, Bill Herbert, John Morse and Pembroke<br />

Herbert Kyle visiting Morro Bay, CA in August<br />

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Bonnie Pitman and Ann Biggs Jackson at 50th Reunion<br />

Anne Stoddard and Susie Brush Croft at 50th Reunion<br />

Frances Kirven Morse ’68, Anne Kinsey Dinan ’68 and Nancy Hickox<br />

Wright ’68 enjoying their 50th Reunion<br />

us, the timing was during our Reunion,<br />

which we hated to miss (keep<br />

posting photos from the weekend,<br />

please). It was nice to leave the sweltering<br />

Charleston weather for the<br />

temperate clime of Scandinavia, and<br />

we were blessed to have beautiful<br />

sunny days for the entire trip.<br />

Mary Matheson: I have moved<br />

and am happily ensconced in my<br />

new apartment, still in North Carolina<br />

and close to lots of family. I’m<br />

heading up to Washington, D.C.,<br />

soon to visit old friends, and will be<br />

spending Christmas in New York<br />

City this year with Anne Kinsey Dinan<br />

and her family. Am looking forward<br />

to spending a lot of time with<br />

my godchildren and grand-godchildren.<br />

Barbara Baur Dunlap: Charlie<br />

and I were in British Columbia<br />

when they had more than 600 forest<br />

fires burning. We met a forest ranger<br />

watching planes take load after load<br />

of water from Lake MacDonald in<br />

Glacier National Park to fight the<br />

fires, and we played golf in smoky<br />

Canada. Canada in the summer does<br />

prescribed burns (no longer called<br />

‘controlled’ burns since they get out<br />

of control) to protect the environment.<br />

Lesson learned: Don’t go to<br />

N.W. Canada in August unless you<br />

like smoke! By contrast, <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

in June was beautiful, fun, and<br />

heart-warming — loved our 50th.<br />

The weekend was just wonderful.<br />

Brenda Dardin Kincaid: Loved<br />

being with so many friends from<br />

the Class of 1968! After five years<br />

of retirement I have returned to the<br />

classroom teaching Honors Math<br />

Analysis as a part-time faculty member<br />

at Virginia Episcopal School. My<br />

grandson is one of my students! My<br />

SBC education gives me confidence!<br />

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp: I<br />

am still at CDC, continuing to work<br />

on the epidemiology of developmental<br />

disabilities with an interest in<br />

children outside the United States.<br />

Thanks again for voting for me for<br />

the Sammies Award. I am still a finalist,<br />

with final decisions in October.<br />

I look forward to participating in<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks in 2019; I had a<br />

glimpse during a recent Board meeting.<br />

Ralph and I stay busy grandparenting.<br />

Hope all of you are staying<br />

healthy.<br />

Kristin Kuhns: “Altar Rock,”<br />

the feature thriller, is finally set for<br />

release next summer. I wrote, produced,<br />

and raised the funds for this.<br />

It stars KJ Apa, a hot young star who<br />

was in “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Riverdale.”<br />

My next project is a TV series<br />

about a woman dedicated to saving<br />

wild creatures.<br />

Susan Hinner Avesian: Retired<br />

and living in Canton, Ga. We left our<br />

beautiful lake house due to an ongoing<br />

illness that necessitates my being<br />

close to Atlanta and my doctors. We<br />

have 11 awesome grandchildren and<br />

enjoy watching their sporting events.<br />

Sorry, I cannot travel. Would love to<br />

see you all.<br />

Anne Kinsey Dinan: The Class<br />

of 68’s 50th Reunion was indeed<br />

terrific: 48 hours of connecting and<br />

reconnecting with old friends and all<br />

of us reminiscing for hours on end.<br />

It was especially joyful to watch as<br />

our very own classmate Bonnie Pitman<br />

received <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong>’s<br />

Distinguished Alumna Award! And<br />

here’s to Ann Biggs Jackson for the<br />

outstanding pink and green boas and<br />

Pam Burwell Benton for our marvelous<br />

SBC aprons!<br />

Please remember that Frances<br />

Kirven Morse, Nancy Hickox<br />

Wright, and I are continuing our<br />

efforts to find contact information<br />

for “missing” classmates. To that end,<br />

I once again request that anyone in<br />

the Class of 1968 who receives this<br />

Alumnae <strong>Magazine</strong> but did not receive<br />

an email from me requesting<br />

news, please email or write to me<br />

with your email and/or mailing address<br />

at: akdinan@rcn.com or Anne<br />

Kinsey Dinan, 8 Peter Cooper Road,<br />

Apt. 11F, New York, N.Y. 10010.<br />

1970<br />

Mardane McLemore<br />

719 Jones St.<br />

Suffolk, Va. 23434<br />

jlmmrm39@gmail.com<br />

Thank all of you who sent notes<br />

and pictures. I enjoyed hearing from<br />

you! Those of you who didn’t make<br />

it this time, be thinking of what you<br />

want to include in the next set of<br />

notes — Remember you can email<br />

me or Kristin any time with news!<br />

Fundraising for SBC: thank<br />

all of you who have given. SBC appreciates<br />

your donations. It would<br />

be great if our class participation<br />

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percentage was higher (looks good<br />

on grant requests), so if you haven’t<br />

given this year, think about giving<br />

something — Please!<br />

Congratulations to Karen Hartnett!<br />

Because of her efforts to save<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>, she received <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>’s<br />

Outstanding Alumna Award for<br />

<strong>2018</strong>. She was recognized for her<br />

work with Phil Stone to stabilize<br />

SBC and bring in a management<br />

team that could move the <strong>College</strong><br />

forward. Thank you, Karen!<br />

Ann Gately and her husband,<br />

Ira, had lots of fun and good food<br />

celebrating their 70th birthdays hiking<br />

and cycling around Europe for<br />

three weeks in April and May (Italy,<br />

Holland & CR). Ann, who has been<br />

so faithful, again completed a several-week<br />

stint at SBC <strong>Sweet</strong> Work<br />

Weeks ... an “always gratifying & satisfying”<br />

experience — a reunion with<br />

a purpose! Her gardening fashions<br />

included a special T-shirt provided<br />

by Kay Parham Picha and Karen<br />

Hartnett. The T-shirts were well-received<br />

by her (much younger) fellow<br />

weeders. Ann is still in New Mexico.<br />

If you go to there, give her a holler!<br />

Katy Warren Towers thought<br />

life would be settling down at this<br />

point but says it almost seems to be<br />

accelerating! She still misses Charlie<br />

a lot but feels very blessed to<br />

have good health, dear siblings and<br />

friends, nice trips, and meaningful<br />

experiences! In April Katy went on a<br />

Viking river cruise on the Rhine and<br />

then spent several days at the gorgeous<br />

Cloister at Sea Island — both<br />

places were a ball! In May she and<br />

two graduate school friends from<br />

Nashville went to Santa Fe for several<br />

days to celebrate their 70th birthdays.<br />

In late June and early July, she<br />

spent a couple of weeks in the North<br />

Carolina mountains — her favorite<br />

place in all the world — and since<br />

then she has been sweltering in the<br />

Florida heat and being very thankful<br />

for AC! In early September she plans<br />

to go to Colorado for a Christian<br />

conference and then visit and hike<br />

with her roommate, Mary Jo Murphy<br />

(hopefully these plans won’t<br />

have to be canceled as they were last<br />

year due to Hurricane Irma!).<br />

Jonna Clarkson is still working<br />

with a mission to alleviate the water<br />

crisis in El Salvador. She also had fun<br />

at <strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks. She worked<br />

with Deb Ohler Bowman and enjoyed<br />

meeting some alumnae from<br />

other classes. She notes that Gately<br />

is totally amazing and reminds us all<br />

that 70 is not old. It’s not what you<br />

have; it’s what you do with what you<br />

have! She, Deb, Deb’s husband, John,<br />

and Barbara Hastings Carne have<br />

all been friends since graduation and<br />

will be celebrating their friendship<br />

together for Labor Day.<br />

Elizabeth Holloway Playforth<br />

just returned from the beach visiting<br />

son John and Krupa, his wife, and<br />

their three-year-old granddaughter<br />

and eight-month-old grandson.<br />

Elizabeth says they are the best part<br />

of being a bit older. She and her<br />

husband are selling their farm and<br />

planning on spending more time<br />

with these youngest grandchildren<br />

and doing more traveling. They have<br />

loved being “farmers” but find now<br />

that it is time to move on to other<br />

interests. There is an invite to anyone<br />

visiting Lexington, Ky. She is proud<br />

of SBC for surviving.<br />

Phyllis Blythin Ward also celebrated<br />

her 70th in a big way with<br />

a trip to Egypt in February. She<br />

and John followed in the footsteps<br />

of King Tut, Howard Carter, Ramses<br />

II, and Agatha Christie, traveling<br />

from Cairo to Abu Simbel and<br />

sailing the Nile from Aswan to the<br />

Valley of the Kings on the SS Sudan,<br />

fulfilling her bucket list wish<br />

since the days of ancient art history<br />

classes at SBC! Not long after, they<br />

spent a fun weekend in Atlanta with<br />

Stuart Davenport Simrill and her<br />

husband, Spenser. In the spring they<br />

traveled to Lexington for John’s 50th<br />

reunion at W&L and spent three<br />

weeks in Ontario in the summer —<br />

a nice respite from the hot weather.<br />

She and John are still in Louisville;<br />

so if anyone ever gets that way (Derby<br />

weekend maybe?), don’t hesitate<br />

to get in touch.<br />

Jane Gott and her husband, Ron,<br />

spent a month in Kauai for her 70th<br />

birthday — before the massive rain.<br />

She has enjoyed taking watercolor<br />

classes and staying active in the Potomac<br />

Valley Watercolorists. Ron<br />

had surgery on his Achilles tendon<br />

in May and has recovered better than<br />

expected. Recently she met Ruth<br />

Stokes for lunch. She and Ruth lived<br />

with the same family in Paris their<br />

junior year. Ruth is an equine veterinarian<br />

in Maryland. Jane notes the<br />

entire group from <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Junior<br />

Kristin Herzog ’70 in front of her<br />

painting at the Laoshan Museum<br />

in China<br />

Ann Gately at <strong>2018</strong> <strong>Sweet</strong> Work<br />

Weeks<br />

From left, front row: Katie McCardell Webb, Lorie Harris Amass, May<br />

Humphreys Fox, Jessica Holzer, Wallis Wickham Raemer. Back row:<br />

Connie Haskell and Frances Gravely<br />

Year in France 1968-69 is meeting<br />

in NYC the weekend of September<br />

29 to celebrate their 50th reunion.<br />

There will also be a reunion in Paris<br />

at Reid Hall in October. If any of<br />

the eight other women from SBC<br />

who spent that year abroad have not<br />

received information on the planned<br />

reunions, email Jane at janegott@<br />

verizon.net. Jane is excited that Barbara<br />

Offutt Mathieson’s son and<br />

family moved this year to Great <strong>Fall</strong>s,<br />

VA — now she will see roommate<br />

Barbara even more often. She and<br />

Barbara had a wonderful visit in May<br />

and in early September and are flying<br />

to Boston for a reunion on Cape Cod<br />

with classmates Laura Sickman<br />

Baksa, Candace Buker Chang, and<br />

Jo Shaw. Candace is now cancer free!<br />

Candace Buker Chang sold<br />

her condo in Boston a year ago and<br />

moved around the corner into her<br />

daughter’s first-floor apartment. She<br />

is happy to say it is working out very<br />

well. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed<br />

with metastatic breast cancer<br />

a week before moving; so Sonia (who<br />

is the state senator for Boston) and<br />

her husband were great support, and<br />

the two grandchildren a great joy on<br />

a daily basis! After a year of chemo<br />

plus surgery and radiation, she is<br />

now happily cancer free and hoping<br />

to remain so. It was a pretty rough<br />

year — her daughter Jean and her<br />

family live and own a business on St.<br />

John (Virgin Islands), which was hit<br />

by Cat. 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria.<br />

Fortunately, they and their business<br />

are okay, but it was a stressful time<br />

wondering. The island, which has<br />

become Candace’s second home, was<br />

just devastated. Jean’s family (two<br />

more grandchildren) was without<br />

power for 80 days, and everyone on<br />

the island is still struggling to recover.<br />

Candace encourages everyone<br />

to take their vacation dollars to the<br />

Virgin Islands. Since tourism pretty<br />

much their entire economy, they<br />

need people to come! Worn out by<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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Convocation at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> in May <strong>2018</strong> honoring Karen Hartnett as the<br />

Reunion Outstanding Alumna. From left: Susan Lykes Mueller, Heather<br />

Tully Click, Karen Hartnett, Kay Parham Picha, Debbie Ohler Bowman<br />

and husbands<br />

all the cancer treatment, Candace<br />

retired in January, earlier than originally<br />

planned; but now that she is<br />

feeling much better, she will be keeping<br />

her brain active by starting a very<br />

part-time new job in September doing<br />

intensive case reviews for Mass-<br />

Health (Medicaid in Massachusetts)<br />

on services purchased for families of<br />

children with serious mental illnesses.<br />

Hopefully the new job will fund<br />

at least one more dive trip to Fiji<br />

with Jo Shaw Lawson. They both<br />

took up scuba diving when they were<br />

over 60 — never too late for new adventures!<br />

Candace was so appreciative<br />

of the support she received from<br />

Jo during the past year — Jo flew up<br />

from Memphis several times keep<br />

her company. Candace, Jane Gott,<br />

and Barbara Offutt Mathieson will<br />

be having a mini SBC reunion with<br />

Laura Sickman Baksa on Cape Cod<br />

just after Labor Day. Those friendships,<br />

made freshman year in the<br />

Meta Glass dorm, have been enduring!<br />

Candace reports seeing Laura<br />

more frequently since they are both<br />

in Massachusetts.<br />

Betty Glass Smith is still very<br />

much appreciating the quieter, country<br />

life and retirement. She’s busy<br />

with quite a few ongoing projects<br />

at her new place but is also taking<br />

time to smell the roses and enjoying<br />

a little slower lifestyle. She loves the<br />

Northern Neck of Virginia in all its<br />

beauty, especially the river vistas and<br />

waterfowl. She and Bill have seen as<br />

many as four bald eagles at the same<br />

time up close to their property, and<br />

Betty now wishes she had taken ornithology<br />

at SBC from Mr. Edwards<br />

(as do many of us)! Betty has learned<br />

mahjongg and plays regularly. She<br />

attributes her success to her logic-math<br />

background and dear Miss<br />

Lee. It’s interesting how frequently<br />

thoughts go back to SBC these days.<br />

Francis Dornette Schafer spent<br />

a wonderful weekend with Debrah<br />

Denemark in Dallas on the way<br />

back from speaking at the AICPA<br />

Advanced Estate Planning Conference<br />

in Las Vegas. In July she joined<br />

Sandy Hamilton Bentley and her<br />

husband, Bob, for a trip to Asheville,<br />

N.C., to see the Biltmore, which had<br />

a special exhibit of Chihuly glass in<br />

the house and the gardens.<br />

Wallis Wickham Raemer is<br />

fully retired and looking forward<br />

to travel, biking, and hanging out<br />

with dear SBC friends in the next<br />

decade. She is proud to report this<br />

past June Mary Jane Hipp Brock<br />

was honored by the Interfaith Center<br />

of New York City for 20 years<br />

of service and leadership promoting<br />

human dignity for all peoples and<br />

creating peace in New York and beyond.<br />

Wallis recently had a blast at<br />

Frances Gravely’s lovely cottage in<br />

Maine. They had a great weekend of<br />

traveling together, sailing, shopping,<br />

dining on lobsters and wild blueberries,<br />

talking endlessly, and laughing<br />

lots with dear friends! Carpe, carpe<br />

to the last diem!<br />

Jessica Holzer is still not retired,<br />

working at Citi, welcomed her first<br />

grandchild, is still occupied with<br />

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and<br />

enjoys cooking for friends.<br />

Lorie Harris Amass celebrated<br />

the big 7-0 in Montana with her<br />

precious family and was treated to a<br />

special birthday book of good wishes<br />

and surprise fireworks on the lake!<br />

May Humphreys Fox fills her<br />

days post-retirement with travel,<br />

children and grandchildren, board<br />

work, and some consulting. Reunions<br />

with her SBC Carpe Diems<br />

fill her heart too!<br />

Katie McCardell Webb sends<br />

her thanks to all her classmates for<br />

their support of the Alumnae Fund!<br />

Connie Haskell is still tap dancing.<br />

She had a great trip to Portugal<br />

and Northern Spain with Jim and is<br />

going to Bulgaria with her sister in<br />

September.<br />

Frances Gravely is roosting near<br />

Franklin Street in Chapel Hill with<br />

children and great friends nearby.<br />

Happy as a lark!<br />

Kristin Herzog traveled to<br />

China in June with an art group.<br />

The highlight of her tour was an<br />

international watercolor show at<br />

the Laoshan Museum, where she<br />

enjoyed seeing her painting on display.<br />

She also visited many local and<br />

regional art collectives, galleries and<br />

painting studios, which was a huge<br />

treat. Kristin is still unpacking boxes<br />

at home in Naples, FL, and can’t<br />

believe it’s been almost a year since<br />

she moved into her new home. She<br />

has a great neighborhood community<br />

and has already met up with five<br />

SBC alums in the area. She’s received<br />

another fellowship to attend VCCA<br />

over Thanksgiving and can’t wait to<br />

be back on campus!<br />

Betty Brewer Caughman has<br />

been in a whirlwind this past year.<br />

On August 20, 2017, her son, David,<br />

married Shannon O’Grady on<br />

Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride<br />

from downtown Seattle. Among the<br />

guests were Suzy Yates Cahill and<br />

husband Bob. David and Shannon<br />

are now happily ensconced in Brooklyn,<br />

a short commute to jobs in<br />

Manhattan, where Shannon works<br />

in finance (Blackstone) and David<br />

in management consulting (Simon<br />

Kucher). It’s a great place to visit!<br />

Two days after the wedding, she<br />

traveled with yoga buddies to Peru<br />

for a week in the Sacred Valley and<br />

Machu Picchu and then was off to<br />

the Amazon jungle with friends and<br />

fellow birdwatchers. In February, after<br />

a few days in Mexico City, friends<br />

and Betty went to Macheros to visit<br />

two monarch butterfly reserves<br />

— she saw hundreds of butterflies<br />

open their wings, turning the trees<br />

orange, as they took off and began to<br />

fly down from the mountains. Truly<br />

an amazing sight! In September, she,<br />

Suzy Yates Cahill, and Bob will celebrate<br />

their 70th birthdays with several<br />

days in Paris and a barge trip on<br />

the canals in Burgundy. Joining them<br />

will be Betty’s sister Carol Brewer<br />

Evans ’75 and Jim Evans. When not<br />

traveling, Betty stays busy with yoga,<br />

book clubs, bridge, church work,<br />

lunch with friends, dinner with<br />

friends, drinks with friends ... Life<br />

is good!<br />

I have loved reading notes and<br />

emails from our SBC classmates.<br />

I’m enjoying traveling, and am planning<br />

trips to Detroit and Mackinaw,<br />

Jackson Hole, and Arizona this fall.<br />

I have also been enjoying duplicate<br />

bridge — very, very slowly accumulating<br />

some of the master points.<br />

Lately I’ve been overcommitted and<br />

overwhelmed with volunteer work,<br />

but I do enjoy it all. I’m sure that<br />

Suffolk, VA, is not a major stopping<br />

point on most travel agendas,<br />

but just in case you’re in the neighborhood,<br />

please stop by! KEEP<br />

THOSE NOTES COMING!<br />

1971<br />

Beverly Fonville Van Zandt<br />

San Miguel de Allende,<br />

Guanajuato, Mexico<br />

beverlyvz@gmail.com<br />

Lynne Manov Echols and her<br />

husband, Frank, enjoyed a trip to<br />

London and SE England last fall,<br />

and Lynne notes that a tour of Dover<br />

and the subterranean command<br />

center for Dunkirk is a must! In November<br />

they head to Portugal with<br />

a group. Lynne has begun teaching<br />

riders again and has written a book!<br />

Visit www.facebook.com/Rider-<br />

SeatMD for a preview!<br />

Mimi Fahs, our SBC Board of<br />

Directors secretary, continues to<br />

teach public health policy and economics<br />

at the graduate level. She is<br />

excited to be “mother of the groom”<br />

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next Memorial Day. Mimi continues<br />

to love playing fiddle with her band,<br />

the Mudflats. The name reflects the<br />

oyster ponds at low tide near her<br />

home in Orient, Long Island —<br />

along with the band’s desire to keep<br />

expectations low!<br />

Maggie Mather Feldmeier is still<br />

working, yet manages to go on many<br />

travel adventures — an expedition to<br />

Alaska this June and one to Ireland<br />

this fall. She and her husband are<br />

thrilled that their younger daughter<br />

has moved closer, and they can now<br />

see lots of Maggie’s granddaughter,<br />

Mather, her namesake. She reports<br />

that they are busy and healthy and<br />

couldn’t ask for more!<br />

Carol Remington Fogelsong is<br />

still finding new ways to enjoy retirement<br />

— lots of leisurely lunches and<br />

quick adventures to new places (from<br />

riding a monster truck to new-to-me<br />

art museums). Carol travels often to<br />

Baltimore to see 95-year-old Mom<br />

(Ann Moore Remington ’44), and<br />

she enjoys connecting with classmates<br />

by email and phone.<br />

Pam Henery Arey wrote that<br />

she loves the freedom that retirement<br />

allows and that she sees Bonnie<br />

Moe Stook ’72 in the neighborhood<br />

regularly. Pam is the president of the<br />

board and trip chairperson at her local<br />

senior center, where she also takes<br />

exercise classes. She recently had<br />

successful surgery and treatments for<br />

melanoma and is having to spend too<br />

much time indoors right now!<br />

Dee Kysor is still enjoying being<br />

music director at Grace Episcopal<br />

Church and is looking forward<br />

to riding again now that Badger is<br />

sound. This summer she and her<br />

husband, George, led a storytelling<br />

workshop. George taught storytelling,<br />

and Dee sang songs to go along<br />

with the stories. Their performance<br />

team is called “Woven Yarns.”<br />

Kathy Wilson Lamb reports<br />

that life in Lexington and Northern<br />

Michigan continues to be good. She<br />

and Rex loved two weeks of children<br />

and grandchildren in the Straits of<br />

Mackinac and continue to enjoy the<br />

cooler weather. They are heading to<br />

Alpine Europe for a couple of weeks<br />

in September.<br />

Sally Uptegrove Lee and her<br />

husband, Bob, retired and moved<br />

to San Antonio to be closer to their<br />

daughter, Rachel, and her husband,<br />

Nathan, and two grandchildren. A<br />

third grandchild is due in November.<br />

Sally and Bob remodeled/rescued a<br />

1920’s house that they love and write<br />

that if anyone travels to San Antonio,<br />

they have two guest rooms and<br />

would love to see you.<br />

Anne Milbank Mell has really<br />

been busy this year — births of two<br />

granddaughters and the fun of helping<br />

their families negotiate the addition<br />

of “child #2.” She and John had<br />

kids and grandkids with them for<br />

five weeks this summer, the last week<br />

of which all 15 (five under the age<br />

of three) were together in a cabin in<br />

N.H. In September she and John are<br />

traveling to Italy, her first visit since<br />

Junior Year Abroad, 49 years ago.<br />

Anne Wiglesworth Munoz<br />

wrote that she and Milton went to<br />

Morocco last winter and are going<br />

to India and Nepal this November.<br />

Then they will head back to Arizona<br />

to visit their daughters and grandson.<br />

They are even thinking of moving<br />

to Arizona to be closer to them.<br />

Jacque Penny had a wonderful<br />

time in Canada recently, spending<br />

two months with her mum (now<br />

90) at their home on Prince Edward<br />

Island. Jacque is now home and says<br />

hello to all with much love.<br />

Alisa Yust Rowe and I had a<br />

wonderful visit this summer. She<br />

and Richard still live in Houston<br />

and look great. Alisa enjoys spending<br />

time with their grandchildren<br />

and going to the country. She is still<br />

helping with an arts non-profit for<br />

children. She has recently picked<br />

back up a manuscript that she wrote<br />

some years back and has been revising<br />

it for fun.<br />

Wendy Weiss Smith has really<br />

been on the “go” recently — she and<br />

her husband biked in Munich, hiked<br />

for a week in the German-Austrian<br />

Alps, and flew into Cape Town to<br />

board the Royal Mail Ship for its<br />

final sail to St. Helena. This spring<br />

they enjoyed Susan Greenwald’s<br />

company on a W&L trip to the<br />

Languedoc area of France. Wendy<br />

also celebrated her mom’s 102nd<br />

birthday with her SBC ’74 sisters in<br />

July.<br />

Bev Van Zandt continues to<br />

love living in Mexico and is having<br />

fun working with Anne Holler on<br />

Anne’s “Rebellious Nuns of San Miguel”<br />

seminar. She is now headed to<br />

Marblehead to watch daughter Roberta<br />

race in the J70 Worlds. There’s<br />

Cissy Gott ’72 and DeDe Conley ’72 at Cissy’s home after Reunion <strong>2018</strong><br />

Jean Chaloux Miani ’72 and DeDe Conley in Milan with cards for Jean<br />

signed by many classmates<br />

nothing like getting a “sailing fix”<br />

through your daughter! Daughter<br />

Beverly is in her fourth year of med<br />

school, and her family is doing well.<br />

1972<br />

Jill Johnson<br />

MarySue Morrison Thomas<br />

98 Pine Bluff<br />

Portsmouth, Va. 23701<br />

72sweetbriar@gmail.com<br />

Once again we are extremely<br />

proud to acknowledge another super<br />

classmate who has given so generously<br />

of her time, talents and energy to<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Please enjoy the information<br />

found at sbc.edu/president/<br />

board-of-directors chronicling the<br />

amazing life and accomplishments of<br />

the class of 1972’s own Georgene M.<br />

Vairo, who was elected chairwoman<br />

of the <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> <strong>College</strong> Board of<br />

Directors during its August meeting.<br />

Deirdre “DeDe” Conley expresses<br />

that she is grateful and so impressed<br />

with the results of everyone’s<br />

hard work for SBC culminating in a<br />

42% increase in enrollment! She has<br />

enjoyed SBC for the past 12 months,<br />

especially <strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks, which<br />

she highly recommends. DeDe was<br />

also in attendance at Founders’ Day<br />

activities and President Woo’s Inauguration<br />

— to whom she refers as<br />

a Super Star for us. After our 45th<br />

Reunion, she enjoyed a good visit<br />

with another classmate, Cissy Gott,<br />

in D.C. DeDe spent the summer<br />

in Europe and is delighted that her<br />

husband finally got his green card<br />

renewed. The highlights of her summer<br />

included visiting with Jean Chaloux<br />

Miani in Milan, attending several<br />

college fairs, and keeping us all<br />

informed with the AA news. In the<br />

fall, DeDe plans to recruit more students<br />

for SBC and continue with her<br />

extensive travels. Thank you, DeDe,<br />

for keeping us all in the loop!<br />

We are thrilled to have heard<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

All my SBC roommates — together again after 45 years. From left: Kathy<br />

Pretzfelder Steele, Debbie Pollock Arce, Linda Lipscomb, Lisa Fowler<br />

Winslow<br />

from another classmate, Claudine<br />

Clarke Elian. She writes that in<br />

conjunction with her ongoing art<br />

projects, she continues to divide her<br />

time between Lucerne, New York,<br />

Seattle, and Los Angeles! Claudine’s<br />

life in Switzerland is spent with her<br />

longtime companion, Fabian Bautz,<br />

who teaches music at the University<br />

of Applied Sciences and Arts in<br />

Lucerne and at the Conservatory in<br />

Zurich. Together, they contemplate<br />

returning stateside upon his retirement<br />

but for now continue to shuttle<br />

back and forth. Perhaps we can<br />

convince them to come back for our<br />

50th Reunion!<br />

1973<br />

Evelyn Carter Cowles<br />

PO Box 278<br />

Free Union, Va. 22940<br />

ecc52@icloud.com<br />

Joan May Harden: Jill Heptinstall<br />

and I so enjoyed Reunion. I<br />

think it was my favorite one so far.<br />

Rick and I are expecting our fifth<br />

grandchild in January. It will be Bill<br />

and Jessica’s first baby. We went<br />

to Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro,<br />

Bosnia and Venice in Sept., where<br />

we rented a car and explored. It was<br />

our first time using AirBnBs, so the<br />

whole trip was an adventure.<br />

Allison Baker: I live in midtown<br />

Atlanta, still trying to live the Artist’s<br />

Life. My memories of directing our<br />

senior play “Toad of Toad Hall” is<br />

one my favorite memories of being<br />

part of the Class of 1973!<br />

Cindy Bekins Anderson: My<br />

news revolves around our two granddaughters<br />

— one is 22 and the other<br />

is 4! We have four kiddos (48, 47,<br />

28 and 26), three of whom are here<br />

in Omaha, with the youngest away<br />

in pharmacy school, and we hope<br />

he returns at some point! We had a<br />

wonderful family trip to celebrate my<br />

hubby’s BIG birthday in the mountains<br />

of Colorado this summer and<br />

looking forward to fall and winter<br />

travels as well. I keep busy with being<br />

a master gardener, and with a local<br />

garden club and church, and we’ve<br />

had our 4-year-old granddaughter<br />

every Thursday since she was an infant!<br />

Ginger Woodward Gast: My<br />

husband, Paul, and I spent a wonderful<br />

week with Susan Dern Plank<br />

and her husband at their house<br />

in Belize in January. It was hard to<br />

come back to “winter” after walking<br />

around in shorts. Paul and I headed<br />

over to Italy this fall to teach English<br />

in the Italian schools for six weeks.<br />

He was in the middle school, while<br />

I preferred the younger students<br />

in elementary school. We still have<br />

so much fun visiting with our six<br />

grandchildren and our four adult<br />

children in South Carolina, Florida<br />

and Virginia.<br />

Kathy Pretzfelder Steele: Dave<br />

and I continue to enjoy our life in<br />

Florida, where we live not too far<br />

from our daughter Kelly and her<br />

family, and help care for our two<br />

precious granddaughters (3 and 6).<br />

Our other daughter, Tracy, was married<br />

in August in a glorious rooftop<br />

ceremony and reception in midtown<br />

Atlanta. Dave and I continue to enjoy<br />

an active life of golf, pickleball,<br />

traveling as often as possible to our<br />

favorite beach in Hilton Head, S.C.,<br />

and exploring the many interesting<br />

places in Florida.<br />

Renee Renata Sterling ’73 supports families in jeopardy. Pictured here at<br />

a Family Place event with Gretchen Carlson<br />

Lisa Winslow: It was a busy<br />

spring and summer for me. My son,<br />

who lives in San Diego married a<br />

lovely woman in April — really a<br />

fun wedding. Then my daughter and<br />

I took off for two weeks in France,<br />

staying in Paris and the Riviera. We<br />

had a fabulous time — constantly<br />

on the go. I then went to our SBC<br />

Reunion and had a wonderful time<br />

with fellow classmates. SBC looks<br />

really good. I relocated this spring<br />

to Orange County to be closer to my<br />

mom (95 years old!) and my kids in<br />

Laguna Beach. I’m loving total retirement<br />

after being a law librarian for<br />

42 years and involved in all kinds of<br />

new activities including sailing. Life<br />

is good.<br />

Kathleen Schultz: Steve and I<br />

retired and moved to a waterfront<br />

home near Jackson, MS. We are really<br />

enjoying the slower lifestyle of<br />

retirees with lots of visitors! We have<br />

time to explore the waterways by<br />

pontoon or kayak, which we claim is<br />

a great replacement for exercise. We<br />

welcomed our first grandchild last<br />

March and our second one is due in<br />

September. We have also enjoyed the<br />

opportunity to travel and are moving<br />

up the cruise levels! I accepted the<br />

presidency for a local women’s club<br />

for 2019; so I’m keeping my toe in<br />

the quasi-working world. We were<br />

so sorry to miss our Reunion but<br />

look forward to the next one.<br />

Deirdre Conley: I enjoyed getting<br />

back in touch with my graduating<br />

class and helping to organize<br />

73’s 45th Reunion. So much fun to<br />

reconnect! Seeing so many friends<br />

after so long, hanging out at the barn,<br />

taking the eco walk with Professor<br />

Fink, sharing a dorm room — felt<br />

like 1973 all over again. I hope to see<br />

even more classmates for our 50th in<br />

2023. Put it on your calendar now!<br />

Ann Major Gibb: I enjoyed a<br />

quick overnight visit with Anne<br />

Billings McDougall at her home in<br />

Orlando in February. This summer,<br />

our son David finished his work at<br />

Yale and moved to L.A. to open a<br />

research lab at Cedars Sinai Hospital.<br />

Our daughter Emily was married<br />

to Steve Ciotonni in Philadelphia in<br />

July. California and Philadelphia are<br />

in our fall travel plans!<br />

Betsy Meric Gambel: This<br />

summer I spent three weeks in Africa<br />

(Tanzania, Zanzibar and Cape<br />

Town). From a Serengeti safari to<br />

sailing in the Indian Ocean to the<br />

breathtaking Cape of Good Hope,<br />

I experienced so much and realized<br />

that I could, indeed, take that much<br />

time off due to my incredible staff.<br />

Gambel Communications continues<br />

to grow, and The New Orleans 100,<br />

with affiliates in 18 cities, has been so<br />

rewarding. Life is the best ever!<br />

Diane Dale Reiling: I had a marvelous<br />

Reunion week, with a stop before<br />

heading to the <strong>College</strong> with Jane<br />

Potts in Charleston. She and I also<br />

visited Savannah and visited with my<br />

daughter’s in-laws. I then headed to<br />

Salem, S.C., outside of Greenville, to<br />

stay with Karol Kroetz Sparks. She<br />

and I had toured the Biltmore during<br />

the Chihuly Glass Exhibit before flying<br />

to Reunion. After SBC, I took<br />

the train to Philly to visit another<br />

friend. Fabulous!<br />

Roberta Culbertson: I tend<br />

chickens, goats, and fence lines at<br />

Farm Colony, a 300-acre farm outside<br />

Stanardsville, VA. Daughter Lea<br />

is associate chair of the VCU Dance<br />

Department and also a poet and<br />

dance critic. Daughter Kay married<br />

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Happy hour Friday night, Reunion <strong>2018</strong><br />

Rishi Patel this autumn in a joint<br />

Indian/Western wedding. They then<br />

returned to Geneva, Switzerland,<br />

where Kay works for the United Nations<br />

High Commissioner for Human<br />

Rights, and Rishi for CERN.<br />

It’s all good!<br />

Renee Renata Sterling: Enjoyed<br />

a respite from the brutal Texas summer<br />

heat up in Victoria and Vancouver<br />

this August. My financial planning<br />

practice continues to blossom<br />

in its 26th year — hard to imagine<br />

26 years! Boyd Zenner, Linda Lipscomb<br />

and Cary Davis King and I<br />

keep in close contact.<br />

Susan Dern Plank: Lots of travel<br />

this year: Belize for vacations (joined<br />

by Ginger W. Gast and husband<br />

during a soggy week) and a friend’s<br />

high school graduation as salutatorian<br />

of her class, Texas to see my<br />

younger sister and Florida and Tennessee<br />

to play with grandchildren.<br />

Sadly, my sister lost her 7+ yr. battle<br />

with breast cancer in April. I finally<br />

completed 300+ dives as a “palm<br />

tree” (warm water) scuba diver. See<br />

everyone in 2023!<br />

Anita McVey O’Connor: My<br />

life hasn’t changed much since the<br />

last time I corresponded, but I am so<br />

happy and proud of all the alumnae<br />

who helped to save my beloved college.<br />

I’m grateful to former president<br />

Stone and current president Woo<br />

for successfully leading SBC into the<br />

future.<br />

Debbie Arce Pollock: I had such<br />

fun at Reunion and hope many more<br />

classmates come to our 50th. Kathy<br />

Ptretzfelder Steele, Betsie Meric<br />

Gambel, Lisa Fowler Winslow,<br />

and I extended the fun by driving<br />

down and back together from D.C.<br />

I was reminded again how special<br />

the bond we all have is, as I instantly<br />

felt like I was with my best friends,<br />

in spite of not seeing them for many<br />

years. See you all in five years!<br />

Evelyn Carter Cowles: I am<br />

pretty much the same. Riding, painting,<br />

gardening, fishing, and hiking<br />

still fill my leisure time. I visited Missy<br />

Leib Veghte ’74 in Nantucket in<br />

August and have traveled to Hawaii,<br />

England, and of course Montana as<br />

well. Planning a trip to Cuba to fish<br />

next spring; so life is good. Reunion<br />

was fun rooming with Linda Lipscomb<br />

and seeing many others I haven’t<br />

seen in years. Everyone should<br />

try to come for our 50th!<br />

1974<br />

Nancy Mortensen Piper<br />

28 Newbold Sq.<br />

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971<br />

703-371-5583<br />

npiper@virginiasoftware.com<br />

JoanBarb Ashton Nicol: We had<br />

another wedding this year. Robert’s<br />

son, Sage, married Marilyn Keller in<br />

Corpus Christi, TX, in July. All 12<br />

of us were there! Robert and I are<br />

enjoying retirement with 3 grandchildren:<br />

Parker (4,) Grace (2 1/2),<br />

and Ashton (1). Enjoyed a Caribbean<br />

cruise in February and a trip to<br />

the beach with Liz Thomas Camp<br />

and Emory Furness Maxwell in May.<br />

Hope to make our 45th Reunion!<br />

Mary Witt Will: Who knew one<br />

could be so busy in “retirement”??<br />

I’m a busy volunteer: in the endoscopy<br />

unit at a local hospital, broadcast<br />

reading for the visually impaired, and<br />

lots of time with the UVa School of<br />

Medicine as a trustee and class representative.<br />

We just had out UVa<br />

40th reunion, and it was so much<br />

fun! I also love more time to spend<br />

with family and friends. I’m so lucky<br />

to have Sandra Taylor in Richmond,<br />

and we get together every few weeks.<br />

Hope all is well.<br />

Sandra Taylor: I was just with<br />

Mary Witt. I have retired but stay<br />

very busy with family and my other<br />

volunteer activities. I did get a<br />

chance to visit with Elizabeth and<br />

Bobby Watts. Had a lovely visit on<br />

the Eastern Shore!<br />

Cathy Weiss Thompson ’74,<br />

Wendy Weiss Smith ’71 and Weiss<br />

family members gathered for Betty<br />

Weiss’s 102nd birthday celebration<br />

at the end of July.<br />

Elizabeth Watts reports that a<br />

highlight for her this year was a trip<br />

to Kiawah and Charleston with Jane<br />

Hutchinson Frierson, Leslie Elbert<br />

Hill and Susan Stephens Geyer.<br />

“Susan has a lovely home on Kiawah,<br />

where we stayed and enjoyed the<br />

many activities the resort island has<br />

to offer. We also attended some wonderful<br />

events at the Spoleto Festival<br />

in Charleston.”<br />

Leslie Elbert Hill had a wonderful<br />

mini-reunion with Elizabeth<br />

Watts, Jane Frierson and Susan<br />

Geyer at the Geyer vacation home<br />

on Kiawah Island. Dolphins, biking,<br />

swimming, lots of cooking, as well as<br />

several trips into Charleston for the<br />

annual Spoleto festival and garden<br />

tours made for some classic memories.<br />

These reunions get more special<br />

each year as the memory sharing increases<br />

and the makeup decreases.<br />

Mitch Dore: “Ola! JoAnn, my<br />

partner, and I grow many heirloom<br />

vegetables in our garden, and this<br />

year has been extremely hot so some<br />

things made it and others ... well, we<br />

know there is no such thing as a master<br />

gardener, just a practicing gardener.<br />

However, what we have is quite<br />

wonderful. Our favorites are purple<br />

Viking potatoes and our onions.<br />

This year has been relaxing for the<br />

most part. Jo and I have been in our<br />

current house for 13 years so that I<br />

could work on my art and we could<br />

grow our own food. On the flip<br />

side, we are finding that we are not<br />

IMMORTAL! In other words, we<br />

have found parts of our bodies that<br />

appear to have been asleep all these<br />

years ... and now they are awake and<br />

rearing their ugly heads! Who knew?<br />

We are thinking of moving within<br />

the next two years from Prescott<br />

Valley, AZ. The places we are examining<br />

are Boise, ID; Bentonville,<br />

AK; Wyoming; and Montana. We<br />

want a TINY YARD! No fires or<br />

floods, bending or stooping! Good<br />

luck, Mitch! Little weather humor<br />

here! I find that the main thing for<br />

me and for Jo is to laugh a lot and<br />

to tell jokes (even the ones that don’t<br />

quite make it). Laughter can get you<br />

through just about anything (maybe<br />

not through what is going on in<br />

Washington ... that requires the 2<br />

Ls: liquor and laughter). I love to<br />

cook and Jo likes to eat — nice partnership!<br />

The peaches this year were<br />

limited, but the ones we got I made<br />

into cobbler. We grind up the pears<br />

and freeze them. That pear sauce is<br />

so darn good on just about anything,<br />

especially pork tenderloin.”<br />

Mimi Hill Wilk: “I just celebrated<br />

my second grandson, Heath’s, 1st<br />

birthday! Heath’s big brother, Georgie,<br />

was a double jackpot winner;<br />

so it was super fun watching all the<br />

action at the pizza place! Love that<br />

age!!”<br />

Wanda Cronic Howell: “Our<br />

21-year-old middle daughter, Jessica,<br />

graduated from Furman University.<br />

Mom, Dad, and her two sisters<br />

(Nicole and Destiny) all went to<br />

Greenville to celebrate her accomplishment.<br />

Jessica is now embarking<br />

on the newest chapter in her book of<br />

life, working on staff of Young Life<br />

in Greenville, S.C. Nicole is in her<br />

last year at Kennesaw State University<br />

and Destiny is in her junior year<br />

of high school. To celebrate Jessica’s<br />

graduation (and because it had been<br />

three years since we had gone to Europe),<br />

we spent two weeks “riding<br />

the rails” through Italy, Switzerland,<br />

Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands.<br />

Jessica had a great deal of<br />

input into our itinerary because she<br />

has wanted to go to Salzburg and the<br />

Alps ever since she saw ‘The Sound<br />

of Music’ when she was small.” Wanda<br />

is a car dealer, and based on her<br />

sales performance, she was one of<br />

only a handful of dealers in the Zone<br />

– Georgia and parts of Alabama and<br />

Florida – to receive the Mark of Excellence<br />

award from Buick. She and<br />

her husband, Lee, were then treated<br />

to a vacation in Vail, CO, with other<br />

top performing dealers.<br />

Andria Francis: “It’s been 4<br />

years since I retired from CTB/<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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Wanda Cronic Howell (to the right of the graduate) with her family at<br />

her middle daughter’s graduation from Furman University<br />

Bonnie Brophy ’74 (far left) at Cliffside Beach with her family<br />

Boxwood Quad triplets, Liz<br />

Thomas Camp, Emory Furniss<br />

Maxwell and Barb Ashton, ‘sans’<br />

Dr. Mary Witt Will, partying at<br />

Perdido<br />

Liz Thomas Camp and Ellie Boyd,<br />

artist of EllieBoydPortraits.com,<br />

hangs work, “The Kayaker,” with<br />

Reid Freshman Roomie, Liz Thomas<br />

Camp, on a <strong>2018</strong> visit to Handy<br />

Crossroads, Ga. Acquisition, the<br />

SBC online auction<br />

Mary Witt Will ’74 and Sandra<br />

Taylor with Sandra’s niece and a<br />

friend<br />

Cathy Weiss Thompson ‘74, in<br />

white behind the birthday girl<br />

in pink; Wendy Weiss Smith ‘71<br />

(second from right)<br />

sbc.edu<br />

McGraw-Hill after 28 years of service<br />

there developing educational<br />

achievement tests, and I LOVE retirement!<br />

I continue to volunteer at<br />

Animal Services (my 15th year!) I<br />

also volunteer weekly at Meals on<br />

Wheels and have been doing taxes<br />

for low-income persons for the<br />

United Way for the last three years.<br />

My daughter Ashleigh graduated in<br />

2015 with her Ph.D. in Archaeology.<br />

I’ve been to England several times to<br />

visit with her in the last few years.<br />

She and her husband bought a home<br />

in England. They were here for a visit<br />

last Christmas, and I will be going to<br />

England in December to spend the<br />

holidays with them this year. I can’t<br />

believe that we are now “seniors”<br />

on Medicare and Social Security!<br />

HAPPY Belated 65+ Birthdays<br />

Classmates of 1974!”<br />

Sherrie Snead McLeRoy: “Sorry<br />

I haven’t been able to keep in touch.<br />

My husband of 44 years has endured<br />

several major illnesses over the last<br />

few years, and I haven’t even been<br />

home to Amherst except for a long<br />

weekend for my high school reunion.<br />

Had to give up writing after my last<br />

book (on Texas women). On the<br />

good news side, our daughter (only<br />

child) and her fiancé are expecting<br />

a daughter in October, which probably<br />

makes me the oldest first-time<br />

grandmother in the class! Of course,<br />

I keep in touch with Jane Piper<br />

Gleason. In fact, she visited us for a<br />

few days in June before going on to<br />

a conference in Dallas. Have been<br />

much encouraged by the reports<br />

from <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>!”<br />

Nancy Mortenson Piper: “My<br />

family is doing well. My daughter<br />

Liz just started her senior year at<br />

Elon University in N.C. She just accepted<br />

a job offer with Phillips 66 at<br />

their headquarters in Houston. She<br />

will start right after her graduation<br />

in May. My oldest daughter, Kate, is<br />

living in Berkeley and working in San<br />

Francisco and loves it. Both girls will<br />

be home for Christmas. I had some<br />

health issues this year that resulted<br />

in heart surgery this summer. There<br />

were complications which resulted in<br />

a 2nd surgery. But I am healing well<br />

and getting stronger every day. My<br />

husband, Chris, has been a huge help<br />

during this time. I hope to be well<br />

enough to get to SBC in September<br />

for the Leadership Conference and<br />

Founders’ Day. Plan for our 45th Reunion<br />

next June. I hope to see many<br />

of you then. Thanks to everyone who<br />

submitted news and photos.<br />

1975<br />

Anne Cogswell Burris<br />

1437 Headquarters Plantation Dr.<br />

Johns Island, S.C. 29455<br />

acburris@comcast.net<br />

Bet Bashinsky Wise: I finally<br />

hung up the spurs and am traveling<br />

more. Doug and I did a fantastic REI<br />

trip to Croatia in May, then headed<br />

to Montana for the summer. Wild<br />

fire smoke was pretty bad in the<br />

Flathead Valley. We then dashed to<br />

Wisconsin in August to help Gail<br />

Ann Zarwell Winkler ’76 with her<br />

son’s wedding, followed by a visit to<br />

Nashville with my son Case before<br />

Elizabeth Watts ’74 with Jane<br />

Hutchinson Frierson, Leslie Elbert<br />

Hill and Susan Stephens Geyer<br />

during a trip to Kiawah Island, SC<br />

Cece Clark Melesco’s 2015<br />

wedding of son Clark<br />

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heading back to smoke in Montana.<br />

Doug cheated and rented an E bike<br />

to ride during our BackRoads River<br />

Boat Bike trip along the Duoro in<br />

September. Life is full, and it’s good<br />

to catch up with old friends.<br />

Cece Clark Melesco: David and<br />

I are spending most of our time at<br />

our home on Smith Mountain Lake,<br />

VA. He is retired but still does some<br />

substitute judging and mediations.<br />

I spend a lot of my time with my<br />

mother and his mother, who are in<br />

assisted care near the lake. Life is<br />

good. Our children are happy and<br />

healthy and love each other, and we<br />

are in good health. My daughter Alex<br />

and her fiancé bought a house in Old<br />

Village of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and<br />

are planning a 2019 wedding. My<br />

oldest son, Todd has a 15-year old<br />

son — only grandchild at this time.<br />

Daughter Cameron and her husband<br />

are in Roanoke, VA; son Clark and<br />

his wife are in <strong>Fall</strong>s Church, VA;<br />

and son John is in Rocky Mount. I<br />

keep in touch with Kathy Osborne<br />

Spirtes and see her when she stops<br />

by on her way to N.C.. I’d love to reconnect<br />

with other classmates.<br />

Carol Clement: I got married<br />

last year to Richard Knapp. After we<br />

went on a lovely honeymoon in Europe,<br />

we bought a new home together<br />

in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and<br />

redecorated. He is adopting my two<br />

sons, and life is so sweet right now.<br />

I love teaching yoga and baby-sitting<br />

my first grandbaby. If you are coming<br />

to L.A., let me know, so we can show<br />

you around.<br />

Sarah Clement: I am planning to<br />

retire from Federal service February<br />

2019, following my 66th birthday. I<br />

have no immediate plans except to<br />

join fellow retirees on weekday bike<br />

rides and sign up for more volunteer<br />

activities. I’ve been on SBC campus<br />

more times in the past couple of<br />

years than I managed in the past 40.<br />

I am so impressed with the progress<br />

the new leadership has made in setting<br />

the <strong>College</strong> on a course for the<br />

21st century. Presidents Stone and<br />

Woo have my everlasting gratitude<br />

for accepting the challenge and insuring<br />

that SBC continues its mission<br />

begun more than 100 years ago.<br />

I have especially enjoyed four summers<br />

of <strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks, begun<br />

in 2015, where alumnae help with<br />

painting, power washing, gardening,<br />

and office projects around campus in<br />

preparation for the new school year.<br />

Meeting other alumnae from a wide<br />

variety of class years is rewarding and<br />

fun! We should organize a ’75 class<br />

effort for SWW next summer!<br />

Coni Crocker Betzendahl:<br />

Richard and I are both doing well.<br />

Blessed with two more grandchildren!<br />

Keeping busy with family,<br />

painting, gardening, skiing, boating,<br />

and riding. We took a trip to Iceland,<br />

toured for a week, and I trekked on<br />

horseback for a week. Fabulous trip!<br />

I ended up buying one! Icelandic<br />

horses are super fun to ride and the<br />

ground is much closer, as they are really<br />

ponies but they call them horses!<br />

Looking forward taking both horses<br />

up to our place in Vermont for fall<br />

riding and fox hunting, where I am a<br />

whipper in with the hunt.<br />

Lisa Hall Isbell: I continue to<br />

reside in Fairfax, VA, and work as<br />

a paper conservator at the National<br />

Archives in <strong>College</strong> Park, Md.<br />

Ellen Harrison Saunders:<br />

Whitney and I are still in Suffolk,<br />

VA, enjoying our daughters and<br />

their families, who live in Norfolk,<br />

including a 2-year old granddaughter.<br />

Our son and his family with<br />

a 3-year old granddaughter live in<br />

Philadelphia. I am still active with<br />

the Free Healthcare Clinic, <strong>Sweet</strong><br />

<strong>Briar</strong> Alumnae Admissions, and<br />

church. We traveled to Vietnam and<br />

Cambodia in the spring. Life is busy!<br />

I love seeing Betsy Brooks Jones<br />

and Kathy Rose Rawls whenever<br />

possible, and it is great having Penny<br />

Czarra in the Norfolk area and to<br />

see her at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> events.<br />

Ann Henderson Stamets: We<br />

have retired to Arroyo Grande on<br />

the California central coast. Our<br />

son, Jon, graduated from Cal Poly<br />

in 2005 and never left the area. He<br />

found a good job and married Jamey<br />

in 2011. We decided to move to the<br />

area to be closer to them and our<br />

granddaughter, Rylee. Granddaughter<br />

# 2 will arrive in early Oct. We’re<br />

enjoying some traveling and will be<br />

visiting New Zealand and then Peru<br />

in 2019.<br />

Chris Hoefer Myers: I am adjusting<br />

to life without my beloved<br />

husband, Jim, who died in February<br />

2017. Still a fulltime fundraiser at<br />

USC (South Carolina, not Southern<br />

Cal) and grandmother to five. I devote<br />

my free time to gardening (garden<br />

was featured on the <strong>2018</strong> Columbia<br />

Green Tour of Gardens) and<br />

to training my handsome solid black<br />

German Shepherd puppy, Elvis.<br />

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas:<br />

I still live in Syracuse, N.Y. One<br />

twin daughter is working at MUSC<br />

Charleston, and other twin daughter<br />

is a PT in Richmond, having gone<br />

to MUSC for PT school! I have<br />

met up with Linda Lucas Steele in<br />

Richmond, as my son also works<br />

there. While at Whole Foods in Mt.<br />

Pleasant, S.C., in July, I just happened<br />

to be looking at this “girl” who<br />

was checking out; long story short it<br />

was, indeed, Chris Hoefer Myers!<br />

45 years since SBC!<br />

Susie Lilley: I am still teaching<br />

AP Literature at Trinity Prep<br />

in central Florida. Big news is I am<br />

serving as Orlando’s first poet laureate!<br />

It’s challenging and fun to try<br />

to bring the joy of creative writing to<br />

more people in my community. Also,<br />

I have a new book of poems coming<br />

out in Spring 2019, The Green<br />

Hand of Venus. I’ve been enjoying<br />

sharing life adventures on Instagram<br />

with my old partners in crime, Patti<br />

Tucker O’Desky and Missy Nesbitt<br />

Voigt! Although I only had one year<br />

at SBC, I remember so fondly the<br />

Meta Glass gang of the early ’70s.<br />

Linda Lucas Steele: I am celebrating<br />

life with friends & family.<br />

I recollect special times with Claiborne<br />

Gooch Hammond, who<br />

personified the essence of friendship<br />

— she passed in March <strong>2018</strong>.<br />

Retired from marketing, I travel with<br />

purpose, preferences defined over<br />

time through experiences — Chihuly<br />

in Asheville, N.C.; Napoleon<br />

in Richmond; Gehry’s Guggenheim<br />

in Bilbao, Spain; gardens in Charleston;<br />

and wineries in Haro, heart of<br />

Rioja, Spain. Thanks to technology,<br />

Roger and I watched every game of<br />

the men’s soccer World Cup, enjoying<br />

the championship in Valladolid,<br />

Spain, with daughter Molly. Son<br />

Austen follows my marketing/sales<br />

career path in Richmond, while son<br />

Evan follows Roger’s in cattle ranching.<br />

Beth Montgomery: I left Hollywood,<br />

CA, and moved to my<br />

hometown, Richmond, and LOVE<br />

it. Have enjoyed being back in touch<br />

with Ann Wesley Ramsey, Gray<br />

Thomas Payne, Catherine Cranston<br />

Whitham, and Betsy Rawles.<br />

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Morocco<br />

in the spring with the Virginia<br />

Museum of Fine Arts. Best to all.<br />

Ginny Shipe Cameron: It has<br />

been a tough year! I lost my mom in<br />

October 2017, then my brother-inlaw<br />

in January <strong>2018</strong>, followed by my<br />

cousin’s son who was murdered in<br />

Virginia. Medicare coming in handy<br />

since I was diagnosed with cancer in<br />

July. I have undergone chemoradiation<br />

treatment at Hopkins. Meanwhile<br />

enjoying some beach time in<br />

Ocean City, MD, with my son Andrew,<br />

my grandson Colton, and sister<br />

Jan. Still working full time running<br />

this crazy insulation business and<br />

trying to sell my parents’ homes and<br />

contents. Someday, I’ll slow down,<br />

but for now I’ll enjoy living life to the<br />

fullest. Hope everyone is doing well.<br />

Barbie Tafel: I am still in Louisville<br />

with my own business as an<br />

exterior designer and contractor. I<br />

have had my real estate license for<br />

several years, so that now I can help<br />

clients with the whole process of<br />

finding a home and adapting it to fit<br />

their needs while adding curb appeal<br />

and value. I still make time for tennis,<br />

and my life is very full with activities,<br />

family, and traveling to see grandchildren<br />

in San Diego, Denver and Ft.<br />

Lauderdale. I am very involved with<br />

a local Breast Cancer Organization,<br />

Derby Divas (it has been nine years<br />

since my mastectomy, chemo, and radiation),<br />

and now we have partnered<br />

with Churchill Downs for the Kentucky<br />

Oaks Day “Pink Out.” It has<br />

been a phenomenal experience. It is<br />

hard to believe we are all turning 65,<br />

but life has never been better for me!<br />

Dorsey Tillett Northrup: Frank<br />

and I enjoyed a three-week trip to<br />

Alaska in August. However, it was<br />

the beginning of the rainy season;<br />

so go in July if you can!! We are enjoying<br />

good health and hope that the<br />

rest of the Class of 1975 is too. Our<br />

children all live far from us — most<br />

young people leave West Virginia<br />

— so we keep busy visiting N.Y.C.,<br />

Houston, and Flagstaff, AZ. If you<br />

go to the Grand Canyon, get my<br />

daughter Maggie Northrup to be<br />

your tour guide. Love to all!!<br />

Patti Tucker O’Desky: Greetings<br />

from California! After 20 years<br />

in our home in Newport Beach,<br />

husband (of 40 years) Billy and I decided<br />

to downsize to a townhome in<br />

Corona del Mar, so we can live the<br />

“European village lifestyle” and walk<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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to the beach, restaurants, and shops.<br />

After five months of paying for two<br />

residences, we decided to lease our<br />

townhome. Naturally as soon as the<br />

tenants moved into the townhome,<br />

our house sold with a quick escrow,<br />

leaving us 15 days to do everything,<br />

including finding an interim place to<br />

live. We ended up on the bay front<br />

of Newport Harbor. (Purging and<br />

packing nearly did us in!) Now we<br />

sit on our lanai and watch the sailing<br />

races, outrigger canoe fleets, paddle<br />

boarders, and bay cruisers go by each<br />

day. It’s a great life, and we aren’t sure<br />

if we ever want to move to our townhome.<br />

We even have a big guest bedroom<br />

for anyone who wants to visit!<br />

Moral of the story: Flexibility pays!<br />

You never know how things will end<br />

up until you get there! Precisely what<br />

I learned in 1971, when I traveled<br />

3,000 miles to SBC freshman year.<br />

I ended up on second-floor Meta<br />

Glass and made the most awesome<br />

life-long friends!<br />

Carroll Waters Summerour:<br />

Toby and I took the whole family<br />

(14 of us) to the Tryall Club in Jamaica<br />

for my 65th birthday — same<br />

place we went for my 60th, just more<br />

people! The latest addition to the<br />

family is William Michael Reynolds<br />

(Will) — Kaki and James’ second. I<br />

think everyone is done; so we have<br />

six grands ranging in age from 12<br />

to 1. Toby continues as the chaplain<br />

for Whiteside Cove Summer Chapel<br />

in Cashiers/Highlands area of<br />

North Carolina, averaging 200 each<br />

Sunday. I continue to do volunteer<br />

work (several boards and the vestry<br />

at Good Shepherd) when we are not<br />

babysitting grands. We are planning<br />

a trip down the Danube from Budapest<br />

to Prague to celebrate our 45th<br />

wedding anniversary.<br />

Ann Wesley Ramsey: Highlight<br />

this year was celebrating 40 years of<br />

marriage with a trip to Africa. Travel<br />

certainly helps to have a better world<br />

view and reminds me to appreciate<br />

the good ole USA. I have loved seeing<br />

SBC friends in Maine, Charleston,<br />

and Richmond. Old friends<br />

make the best friends! Rocket and<br />

I will hopefully be blessed with our<br />

5th grandchild Dec. 26 (the 27th anniversary<br />

of my 39th birthday)! All<br />

is good!<br />

Libby Whitley Fulton: It has<br />

been a busy year with the business<br />

I started in 1996 after I left Washington,<br />

D.C., which means I am<br />

approaching my 25th anniversary<br />

as a “minority business owner.” My<br />

company, Mid-Atlantic Solutions<br />

Inc., has grown to be the largest<br />

provider in the U.S. of workers under<br />

the temporary/seasonal H2<br />

visa program. We work with 1,200<br />

employers in 46 states providing<br />

30,000 seasonal agricultural and<br />

non-agricultural workers, who come<br />

to the U.S. on legal visas. On the<br />

home front, husband Dave and I still<br />

live on the farm in Nelson County,<br />

VA, which I bought in 1989. After a<br />

major reconstruction of the ca. 1820<br />

farmhouse in the early 2000’s, I’m<br />

now into a re-do of some of the interior.<br />

I also still import/breed/show<br />

Dartmoor ponies, a British rare<br />

breed. We are holding steady at 12<br />

dogs at the farm (and office), including<br />

German Shepherds, Catahoulas,<br />

Havanese, and Dachshunds, three<br />

cats, and one donkey. I stay in touch<br />

with Randy Anderson Trainor and<br />

Catherine Cranston Whitham on a<br />

regular basis. Randy’s second daughter<br />

is getting married in the spring,<br />

but you’ll probably hear that from<br />

her. Go SBC!<br />

Ashton Williams Harrison: I<br />

live in Richmond (have downsized<br />

to the city) with my husband. We<br />

travel between a river house (White<br />

Stone,VA) and a mountain house<br />

(Wintergreen, Va.) when I am not<br />

working at my current job (a turnaround<br />

for a company I invested in):<br />

Brass Beds of Virginia (and yes, we<br />

manufacture a lot more than brass<br />

beds!). I came out of retirement (I<br />

sold my lighting business in 2011) to<br />

save this company. Could be the subject<br />

of my next book! I keep up with<br />

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas, Ann<br />

Wesley Ramsey, and Gray Thomas<br />

Payne. Call me if you are in the area!<br />

Wendy Wise Routh: The past<br />

year was full of highs and some lows.<br />

Carlos spent the year perfecting his<br />

golf game at Gulfstream and Shinnecock.<br />

Luckily for us, Lon and Anne<br />

Cogswell Burris joined us in Florida<br />

for the member-guest! I was working<br />

on some projects; so I flew back and<br />

forth, managing to be in Water Mill<br />

for every Nor’easter. Lexie is at the<br />

Broadway League. If you tuned into<br />

the Tony’s, that was me in the 2nd<br />

row orchestra pit in the pink and turquoise<br />

in every performance shot on<br />

TV. We went to the after-party and<br />

then onto The Band’s Visit Celebration<br />

for sweeping all the awards. We<br />

Ubered to bed at 4 a.m.! John Carlos<br />

worked the TriBeCa Film festival,<br />

the U.S.G.A. Open at Shinnecock,<br />

the U.S. Open tennis, and Fashion<br />

Week. So, pretty fun year! The pups<br />

are great, and if you are my friend on<br />

Instagram @Wisestwendy, you will<br />

see how cute they are! ’Til next year.<br />

Beverley Crispin Heffernan retired<br />

from the Federal Government<br />

in April 2016 and doesn’t know how<br />

she ever had time to go to the office.<br />

Still riding the horses, had two but<br />

just bought a third, and lately, competing<br />

in the fun sport of mounted<br />

archery. Husband Jim continues to<br />

work as an administrative law judge<br />

for the Department of the Interior.<br />

Sons Jimmy and Chris are doing<br />

well. She and Jim have been able to<br />

enjoy lots of travel in recent years, including<br />

Italy, Hungary, and Austria<br />

this past May; Canada in June; and<br />

they will be off to China in October.<br />

Getting together with college<br />

roomies Nancy Haight, Robin Singleton<br />

Cloyd, and Cynde Manning<br />

Chatham in North Carolina in September.<br />

And I, Anne Cogswell Burris,<br />

continue as your mediocre class secretary<br />

with last- minute newsgatherings!<br />

Lon is still at Wells Fargo Advisors.<br />

I am still part-time bookkeeper<br />

at a small law firm in Charleston,<br />

which allows me to make my own<br />

schedule, so I can enjoy golf, bridg,e<br />

and grandchildren (Thomas, 5, Birdie,<br />

2 and Ben, 1). As I write this,<br />

grand #4 is due any day! Enjoyed a<br />

brief but fun visit with Beth Montgomery<br />

and Ann Wesley Ramsey<br />

while at a family wedding in Richmond<br />

in December 2017. Had a<br />

fun time in Florida last spring with<br />

Wendy Wise Routh, as husbands<br />

played in a member-guest golf tournament.<br />

Instead of retiring, we are<br />

building a house, which should be<br />

ready by early 2020. Thanks to all<br />

for submitting news. It is good to<br />

hear from everyone! And to those<br />

who have reason to come to the “#1<br />

City in the World,” look me up and<br />

we can catch up over lunch or a glass<br />

of wine!!<br />

1976<br />

Margaret Weimer Parrish<br />

862 Main Street<br />

Danville, Va. 24541<br />

peggyparrish@gmail.com<br />

Lynn Kahler Rogerson was<br />

married last summer, and husband<br />

Steve and she honeymooned in<br />

South Africa and went skiing in Italy<br />

in January. They acquired a classic<br />

36-foot sailboat and have enjoyed<br />

much sailing this summer. Daughter<br />

Olivia attended SBC as a freshman<br />

last year, Class of 2021. Sadly, she<br />

has decided to spend her sophomore<br />

year at Sewanee (the small<br />

student size at SBC was a concern),<br />

but she hopes to return to SBC for<br />

the Jr. Year in France program. Lynn<br />

hosted a bridal shower for Maureen<br />

O’Hearn Slowinski’s daughter and<br />

celebrated the happy event with her<br />

at the wedding in November. Sally<br />

Mott Freeman and Lynn have enjoyed<br />

getting together, including a<br />

fun evening of ’50s dance lessons.<br />

Caroline Bickel McLoughlin is<br />

a grandmother. Her daughter had a<br />

baby boy on April 11, and they just<br />

had a baptism in the chapel in Hyannis<br />

Port, where her daughter was<br />

baptized as well as married. Caroline<br />

was on the Cape for the summer, enjoying<br />

sailing in her grandad’s classic<br />

67-year-old wooden sailboat, playing<br />

golf and tennis. Husband Hollis has<br />

retired, and they went on the Windstar<br />

cruise from Greece to Italy and<br />

then explored Italy on their own for<br />

another 10 days. Last Thanksgiving,<br />

they took a road trip south to see<br />

family in Alabama and stopped to<br />

see Ookie Hayes Cooper in Nashville.<br />

Caroline also saw Meg Shields<br />

Duke in Delray, where Meg has<br />

beautifully renovated her beachfront<br />

condo. The spring was filled with<br />

her new grandson, who luckily lives<br />

a few minutes from Caroline outside<br />

of D.C. In June she took a group trip<br />

to Israel with the minister from St.<br />

Mark’s Church in Ft. Lauderdale.<br />

Connie Radford Butler has just<br />

begun her 30th year of teaching preschool<br />

and is delighted to still be<br />

able to sit cross-legged on the floor!<br />

Third grandson joined the family last<br />

October, born to son Robert and his<br />

wife, Alex. Connie says she is blessed<br />

to have both children and their families<br />

living in Louisville. Children’s<br />

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equipment, toys, and games once<br />

again fill the house and yard!<br />

Teesie Costello Howell enjoyed<br />

a fun lunch with Peggy Weimer<br />

Parrish, Norma Neblett Roadcap,<br />

Lochrane Coleman Smith, and<br />

Elliott Graham Schoenig in Richmond<br />

when Lochrane was visiting<br />

relatives there, and she entertained<br />

us with stories of her antics to raise<br />

funds for charity, à la SBC “Asses,”<br />

complete with wig and boa! Glad<br />

to know she hasn’t changed. Teesie<br />

is still working as a mortgage loan<br />

officer, with retirement not yet in<br />

sight. Husband Chris retired in the<br />

spring and plays a lot of golf. She is<br />

getting ready to go to Nashville with<br />

a bunch of high school friends for a<br />

few days.<br />

In addition to the aforementioned<br />

lunch, Norma Neblett Roadcap<br />

and husband Richard traveled to<br />

Dallas this summer to see one of her<br />

roommates from senior year, Anne<br />

Simonds Lowe ’78.<br />

Melanie Coyne Cody is still<br />

working as VP of director of talent<br />

for Y&R /Wunderman Chicago.<br />

Daughter Sarah was married April<br />

7 at the Deerpath Inn in Lake Forest.<br />

Missy McNatt flew out for the<br />

festivities. The wedding was their<br />

“big trip” this year; so no travel adventures<br />

to share. Daughter Caitlin<br />

received a promotion: VP of group<br />

planning director at Digitas.<br />

Catherine Farrar Adams is<br />

still working with Christine Fox in<br />

her ladies boutique in Warrenton<br />

by the same name. She’s retiring in<br />

December; so she will have ample<br />

time for other endeavors. She went<br />

to see daughter Sally in Colorado<br />

Springs this summer and, as of this<br />

writing, just returned from a visit<br />

with her cousin in Maine who is a<br />

Hollins girl. Son Preston is a chef in<br />

Asheville, which he loves. Her aunt,<br />

Frances Brooke ’38, turned 101 on<br />

June 7 and is still living at home in<br />

Lexington ... sharp as a tack!!<br />

Ann Kiley Crenshaw welcomed<br />

granddaughter Carlisle Crenshaw<br />

into the family in September. Son<br />

Clarke and his wife, Whitney, live<br />

in Dallas with big sister Kiley Crenshaw.<br />

Son Gordon received his MBA<br />

from Wharton in May. He and his<br />

wife, Hannah, live in Richmond. She<br />

enjoyed a family vacation this summer<br />

and plans to celebrate family<br />

Christmas at the Greenbrier. Sally<br />

Old Kitchin, Lisa Nelson Robertson,<br />

Susan Snodgrass Wynne, and<br />

Ann hosted President Woo’s visit to<br />

the Virginia Beach area.<br />

Debbie Mutch Olander is once<br />

again heading into the hurricane season<br />

after two rough years in a row.<br />

She has been forced to become a<br />

sports fan of sorts, with two brothers<br />

in pro golf and a nephew with the<br />

NFL — so that’s exciting. Mostly<br />

she is concentrating on ridding her<br />

life of stress.<br />

Gina Spangler Polley and her<br />

husband, David, are still importing<br />

LVT from China for the hospitality<br />

market, and at the age of 84, David is<br />

still going to Korea and China. Gina<br />

just competed in the world championship<br />

horse show in Louisville<br />

and got 2nd place in the junior fine<br />

harness mare class. Son Frank and<br />

his wife, Mariya, just graduated with<br />

MBAs from Stern (him) and Wharton<br />

(her). Gina and David took them<br />

on a cruise of the Greek islands.<br />

Ann Works Balderston spends<br />

4 months in Jackson, Wyo., in the<br />

summer, riding, hiking, and enjoying<br />

the wildlife! Her two daughters,<br />

both SBC graduates, live there —<br />

Maggie is the Head Kid Wrangler<br />

at the R Lazy S Ranch, and Sarah<br />

is a nurse at the Jackson hospital.<br />

Her son comes out from NYC for<br />

a couple of weeks each year. Her<br />

husband, Biv, is inching toward retirement,<br />

but not there yet. The rest<br />

of the time they are in Pittsford,<br />

N.Y. Ann stays in close touch with<br />

Andie Yellott, saw Christy Sauer ’77<br />

a couple of times in the past year, and<br />

has enjoyed catching up with Dede<br />

Alexandre LeComte. She loves all<br />

of her Facebook connections too. If<br />

anyone heads to Wyoming, please be<br />

in touch for wine and a view.<br />

1978<br />

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich<br />

820 Waverly Rd.<br />

Kennett Square, PA 19348<br />

suzullrich@aol.com<br />

Well, WHAT a 40th Reunion<br />

it was! We were 62 strong! That<br />

pushed us to win the Nancy Godwin<br />

Baldwin Award for highest Reunion<br />

attendance, named for Cannie<br />

Crysler Shafer’s aunt, so it was appropriate<br />

that we were able to pull<br />

off THAT coup! The descriptions<br />

sent in by some were ‘epic’, ‘a blast’,<br />

‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’ and everyone<br />

arrived by ‘Planes, Trains and<br />

Automobiles’! It was so much fun to<br />

have so many back on campus, but<br />

we wished we could all have been<br />

there. Life takes us to far-away places,<br />

bringing in those life experiences<br />

that force us to choose, always wishing<br />

we could be in multiple places at<br />

one time! Those that could not be<br />

there in person were greatly missed,<br />

but hope you got a sense of the excitement<br />

from the many pictures<br />

that were submitted and compiled!<br />

(Please contact Muffy or me if you<br />

would like that link again.)<br />

And, did I mention the pre-party<br />

at Toni Christian Brown’s farm in<br />

Lexington? The weekend was kicked<br />

off in grand style with 36 classmates,<br />

and some hubbies, in attendance!<br />

(Yes, there were 10 brave souls in<br />

all!) There was food and fun galore,<br />

and maybe a few drinks, with friendships<br />

being rekindled and memories<br />

rehashed! Those who were able to<br />

come to Virginia a day early stayed<br />

in Lexington and at Toni’s, complete<br />

with Lauren Place Young and Jean<br />

Beard Barden pitching a tent! The<br />

weather cooperated beautifully! Toni<br />

and Jim were gracious to host what<br />

has over the years become a bit of a<br />

tradition started years ago by both<br />

Toni and our Robin Jones Eddy,<br />

each of them taking turns hosting.<br />

“Pre-Reunion helped me get lots of<br />

little projects cleared up!” It was also<br />

Toni’s birthday, so there were many<br />

cards and balloons! “The horse and<br />

pig were a big hit with the ‘grands’!”<br />

Toni took a birthday ride the next<br />

morning while the rest of us sat and<br />

drank coffee on the porch! (Be sure<br />

to free up your calendar to attend in<br />

2023!) Fortunately, this early start to<br />

the weekend allowed Betsy Moore<br />

Conti to see some classmates before<br />

heading of to hubby, Gene’s, 50th<br />

Reunion at Georgetown.<br />

Deb Davison Klein came into<br />

Baltimore from CA for Reunion,<br />

and was able to spend extra time<br />

with Mary Page Stewart, and after<br />

picking up Cannie at the train station,<br />

and Kathy Jackson Howe at<br />

the airport, the four of them headed<br />

south to VA. What a ride that must<br />

have been! Once back in Baltimore,<br />

Deb was able to spend time with<br />

Mary Goodwin Gamper, and visit<br />

with Freshman and Sophomore<br />

roomie, Suzy Gillette Chewning<br />

who is teaching riding in Monkton,<br />

MD. “Laguna Beach has been beautiful<br />

this summer, I’m still selling<br />

real estate and riding horses, and<br />

of course partying! Missing my ’78<br />

Crew!”<br />

Katie Renaud Baldwin has finally<br />

retired, again, but says she<br />

seems busier than ever! There is “lots<br />

of home remodeling and babysitting<br />

my granddaughters, trips to Michigan<br />

to see my parents, and many<br />

friends have stopped by the farm.<br />

All in all, life is good but sad to have<br />

missed Reunion!” You too were<br />

missed Katie!<br />

Lee Carollo Boyes keeps thinking<br />

of retiring from teaching science<br />

at Petaluma HS in CA, but ‘I<br />

love my teaching, so I don’t!” Riding<br />

keeps her busy, along with ballroom<br />

dancing for fun. “Two big dogs to<br />

walk keeps me in shape.” Bet the<br />

dancing does too!<br />

There were a few weddings<br />

recently. One of Cathy Mellow<br />

Golterman’s twin daughters was<br />

married in June. Christen and Peter<br />

Grote are now living 5 minutes away<br />

and Christen will be teaching at The<br />

Special School District in St Louis<br />

with her twin sister, and bridesmaid,<br />

Catherine. Son Woody is in his 2nd<br />

year of law school, does Bike for<br />

the Cure for Kids with Cancer and<br />

is working part time at a bike shop<br />

in Tampa, FL. Cathy continues to<br />

teach, nanny and dog sit on weekends!<br />

A couple of summer getaways<br />

included a trip to Wisconsin and to a<br />

nephew’s wedding in TN.<br />

Muffy had the most wonderful<br />

time scheming with Suzanne, helping<br />

take care of details, ordering the<br />

fun cups, napkins etc. Afterwards,<br />

she kindly sent out select pictures<br />

from Reunion to all who attended!<br />

Always so thoughtful! The fun that<br />

created was reflected in the many<br />

notes that followed! (We are really<br />

trying to keep ‘the glow’ going!)<br />

Janet Rakoczy wrote that Maggie<br />

Laurent Gordy had been in<br />

town and got together, as well as<br />

always being in touch with Paula<br />

Brown Kelley and Anne Riordan<br />

Flaherty. Janet was very much looking<br />

forward to seeing Carrie Ruda<br />

in late September, to listen to those<br />

wonderful wedding bells chime! A<br />

fun tidbit from Janet...” I ran into<br />

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my vet at the farmers market. His<br />

daughter was with him. I had never<br />

met her before. He had told me that<br />

his daughter loved going to farmers<br />

markets while she was away at<br />

school so they decided to check out<br />

some of the local ones while she was<br />

home for the summer. Turns out she<br />

is at SBC, has her horse there and<br />

is loving it. I was the first alum “in<br />

the wild” (outside of a <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

event) that she ever met.” Great<br />

minds think alike! Janet closed with<br />

“It so makes me smile to think of<br />

everyone!” Reunions will do that to<br />

you! Maggie spent a lot of time this<br />

summer in her oasis of a garden in<br />

St. Augustine, FL (Pictures don’t lie!<br />

It’s gorgeous!), along with the mosquitoes!<br />

“I start at about 7:30 or 8 to<br />

be done by 10, when dear old Mother<br />

Nature turns up the dial on her<br />

oven from “bake” to “broil”. Then I go<br />

inside and play house.” It’s been that<br />

kind of a summer for many!<br />

Jane Hemenway Sullivan was<br />

unable to attend Reunion, as there<br />

was a conflict with her daughter<br />

Elizabeth’s graduation from Williams.<br />

Later in June she was busy<br />

continuing training with the Empire<br />

Dragon NYC Dragon Boat team<br />

(breast cancer and cancer survivors<br />

all!) for competition in the Dragon<br />

Boat crew races in Florence, Italy!<br />

The races were in early July, and Betsy<br />

Moore Conti was there to cheer<br />

her on in Florence, while Ieke Osinga<br />

Scully was able to be part of her<br />

cheering section at races in Harford,<br />

CT, last August. (For more information<br />

on the Florence races and<br />

Dragon Boat races in general, go to<br />

https://thetablet.org/breast-cancersurvivors-inspire-on-the-water/).<br />

Cannie Crysler Shafer’s daughter,<br />

Francie, was also married this<br />

past Spring!<br />

Becky Mulvihill McKenna was<br />

also busy planning a late summer<br />

wedding for her daughter, Erin. The<br />

new couple moved to Seattle, which<br />

is fortunately fairly close to oldest<br />

daughter, Katie. Katie finished her<br />

Family Medicine residency and lives<br />

as a Family Doctor in Hood River,<br />

OR. Glad Becky is able to catch her<br />

breathe since she will have to dive<br />

right into planning Katie’s wedding<br />

for next March in Guatemala where<br />

she had worked in the Peace Corps!<br />

Second daughter, Maggie, “gifted us<br />

with a beautiful, redheaded granddaughter,<br />

who is just one. We are<br />

loving the whole ‘grandparent’ thing!”<br />

Along with all of this, Becky is still<br />

working full time as a Marriage and<br />

Family Therapist in St Louis. She<br />

also continues as an adjunct professor,<br />

teaching school professionals<br />

about families. Husband Ken still<br />

works as a counselor at a local HS,<br />

while spending as much time with<br />

his passion, traditional Irish music,<br />

as possible. “We are busy and enjoying<br />

being a part of our daughters’ life<br />

transitions!”<br />

And news from Carrie Ruda! As<br />

of Sept. 29 she became Mrs. James<br />

Carlsen! Congratulations to the new<br />

couple! “Jim is certainly my blessing<br />

– we are having so much fun and<br />

finding love in our sixties so surprising.<br />

We enjoy watching my sister-inlaw<br />

at National Symphony concerts,<br />

dancing at Glen Echo, and definitely<br />

eating out too much!” Carrie is still<br />

working so they “mostly enjoy simple<br />

things like talking after sunset on our<br />

screened porch and watching the fire<br />

flies. I’ve learned to plan fall weekends<br />

around Notre Dame football…<br />

Jim even took me to South Bend for<br />

the Navy game!” Jim retired from<br />

Northrup Grumman after 25 years,<br />

was USMC JAG, and also practiced<br />

with McGuire Woods. “We are still<br />

getting settled in our new home but<br />

try to spend weekends at Jim’s place<br />

on a creek off the Chesapeake Bay,<br />

where there are also fire flies….and<br />

osprey, geese and herons!”<br />

Jamie Anne Murray Ferreira:<br />

Wishing all well. A turbulent year for<br />

me but now in good hands medically<br />

and feeling much better. Our house<br />

is almost completely renovated, and<br />

we spend a lot of time in the garden.<br />

Merlin, our Springer keeps me busy.<br />

Still riding, if not as often. Portugal<br />

is lovely. Always enjoy hearing from<br />

alums and students, adore SBC.<br />

Kim Hershey Hatcher: My<br />

husband, George, and I celebrated<br />

our 40th anniversary in June! Our<br />

son, Georgie, and his wife are living<br />

in Denver, CO, where he is working<br />

at the University of Denver. Our<br />

daughter, Lynn, graduated from Gettysburg<br />

<strong>College</strong> in May of 2017 and<br />

is now a communications assistant<br />

with Nahigian Strategies, located in<br />

the Willard Hotel in Washington,<br />

D.C. We visit <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> often and<br />

stay with George’s aunt, Mary Brugh<br />

’57, in Clifford.<br />

Lenore Cox was delighted to see<br />

everyone at Reunion, “especially my<br />

Roomies – Katherine Powell Heller<br />

and Lisa Spruill Darby.” Lenore<br />

will be moving back to Lynchburg at<br />

some point in the future. No excuse<br />

for not getting to campus from there!<br />

A wild time was had by Ieke<br />

Osinga Scully and Cassandra<br />

Smith Babbitt after Cassandra<br />

picked her up in Connecticut to<br />

head down to Virginia for Reunion<br />

festivities, complete with a roadside<br />

picnic on the way! With all three<br />

boys and an empty nest, Ieke and retired<br />

hubby Mark have taken on an<br />

historic renovation project in their<br />

hometown of Simsbury, Conn. They<br />

are trying to update it with as many<br />

energy-efficient features as such a<br />

project will allow. Ieke enjoys her<br />

trips back to SBC and “feeling the<br />

good energy there, especially during<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> Work Weeks! Always more to<br />

do than I have time for, but the sense<br />

of accomplishment each time for<br />

that special place each time!” Thanks,<br />

Ieke! Those weeks are really amazing!<br />

Perhaps a class group next year?<br />

As for Cassandra, life is too busy!<br />

Her quilting business is really taking<br />

off, her mother recently moved in,<br />

and Jim will again be traveling back<br />

and forth from Riyadh. “The best<br />

part of this year was touching base<br />

with so many classmates as ‘hands’<br />

flooded into my life! I had the BEST<br />

time!” She had a short visit with<br />

grandchildren last summer, and was<br />

hoping to visit them again in Victoria,<br />

BC this fall. “Right now, I make<br />

do with reading books via Skype!”<br />

Great idea! Another highlight was a<br />

visit with Becky Burt ’76, who was in<br />

Maine last summer.<br />

Lu Litton Griffin reflected joyfully<br />

about all of the activities of the<br />

Reunion weekend, remarking on a<br />

special get-together for lunch with<br />

Margaret Simpson and most of the<br />

’78 Bio Majors! Sadly, Anne Stelle<br />

couldn’t make it at the last minute after<br />

breaking a leg (ironically the same<br />

leg she had broken in school!). Here’s<br />

a twist: bio major Nancy Robinson<br />

Lindberg, turned family practice<br />

doctor, retired, is now weaving and<br />

hiking! Nancy surprised all of the<br />

biology majors, and Miss Simpson,<br />

with lovely pale pink and green bamboo<br />

scarves that she had woven! Talented<br />

lady! There were lots of tales<br />

told, and memories stirred, complete<br />

with The Cut Up Crew! Lu had been<br />

busy with all of the festivities and<br />

special events around her church’s<br />

125th Anniversary. Daughter Sarah<br />

finished her Community Pharmacy<br />

Residency at Wake Forest Baptist<br />

Health this past June and is now<br />

working for them in Winston-Salem.<br />

Son Ivey is living life in Raleigh<br />

working for Infosys as a software<br />

engineer, has bought his first house,<br />

and plays percussion with a band<br />

that had their first public event in<br />

late summer! That’s exciting! “Alan<br />

works in Linville and Morgantown<br />

with his custom home construction<br />

business while I continue to be as<br />

busy as ever! We, like many our age,<br />

have elderly parents and relatives<br />

that increasingly need assistance.”<br />

True!<br />

Donna Mihalik Lee writes<br />

“Thank goodness for my studies in<br />

English and creative writing from<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>!” Hermanuscript Intersection<br />

on Neptune has won the Prize<br />

Americana for Poetry <strong>2018</strong>. The<br />

book is to be published by The Poetry<br />

Press of Press Americana. http://<br />

www.americanpopularculture.com/<br />

prizeamericana.htm . She has another<br />

book, On the Altar of Greece,<br />

which is now available at The Book<br />

Shop at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>! “Thank you,<br />

Anne Doolittle and Lynn Lewis!”<br />

And an interview with Donna was<br />

just published in the Rappahannock<br />

Review. “In it, I talk about <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

and creative writing. I thought you<br />

might be interested. Here’s the link:<br />

http://rappahannockreview.com/<br />

issue-5-3/interviews/donna-j-gelagotis-lee/<br />

. Donna has a long list of<br />

published poetry! If you are interested<br />

please contact her or me!)<br />

And it seems we now have two<br />

ordained ministers in our class! Cindy<br />

McKay, who gave thanks and a<br />

lovely tribute to those we have lost<br />

in our class during Reunion, (and<br />

kept us all laughing!), is now joined<br />

by Beth Cone Preston. Beth was<br />

ordained July 15th and is living in<br />

Spencer, Iowa. A lovely write-up of<br />

the event can be found at http://<br />

www.dickinsoncountynews.com/<br />

blogs/1954/entry/71765 . Congratulations,<br />

Beth!<br />

Elizabeth Perkinson ‘Perk’<br />

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Cassandra Smitth Babbitt and Becky Burt ‘76 in Maine<br />

Beth Cone Preston ‘78 was<br />

ordained July 15<br />

Lauren McManus Huyett ‘79 and<br />

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich ‘78<br />

Lots of smiles at 1978’s Class Welcome in Grammer Lounge Friday night<br />

at Reunion.<br />

We are off to Reunion! Class of ’78 members: Cindy McKay, Muffy<br />

Hamilton Parsons, Ann Key Lucas<br />

The Cut-Up Crew of ‘78 reunites! Suzanne Stryker Ullrich, Lu Litton Griffin, Carey Johnson FLeming, Prof.<br />

Margaret Simpson, Nancy Robinson Lindberg, Katherine Powell Heller and Susan Negaard Harley<br />

Jane Hemenway Sullivan ‘78<br />

and Betsy Moore Conti ‘78<br />

celebrating after the Dragon Boat<br />

Races in Florence<br />

Simmons misses everyone from<br />

Reunion! “Don’t feel like we hardly<br />

got there before we were all leaving!<br />

Love rekindling my real estate career<br />

here on the NC Coast with Coldwell<br />

Banker Sea Coast Advantage<br />

and Carolyn Birbick Thomason ’80.<br />

They use the latest, most up-to-date<br />

technology so I am in a steep learning<br />

curve and having a grand time!”<br />

You’ve got this, Perk! During trips<br />

to Topsail Beach this summer, and<br />

always, come wonderful memories<br />

of fun times from May 2017! Might<br />

there be another mini-reunion in our<br />

future? (stay tuned!) As I was writing<br />

these notes I was able to catch<br />

up with Carey Johnson Fleming.<br />

She and her extended family rented<br />

Perk’s cousin’s cottage in Topsail<br />

Beach in September! Lots of fun<br />

times! (This was the same house<br />

we rented for the Mini-Reunion in<br />

2107) Gus was very much looking<br />

forward to his return visit to the<br />

beach as well! Carey and David have<br />

been between houses during most<br />

of the summer, renting a house next<br />

to the new house being renovated in<br />

Pendleton, SC. Feel free to ask Carey<br />

about the unwanted visitor in the<br />

rental house during all of those rainstorms<br />

last summer! Again, wonderful<br />

memories from Reunion, and<br />

catching up with so many!<br />

Lauren Place Young has been<br />

bopping all over New England,<br />

down to school and back, fitting in<br />

visits and time with as many as possible!<br />

In her words…. “I had so much<br />

fun camping out under the stars and<br />

fireflies with Jean Barden at Toni’s<br />

fabulous party and farm. Thank you,<br />

Toni, for hosting our class! It was a<br />

blast seeing and reconnecting with<br />

so many classmates at reunion. Since<br />

March I have traveled to Nantucket<br />

once a month visiting Marianne<br />

Hutton Felch ‘79 and my daughter,<br />

Brittany, who both live there yearround.<br />

Marianne’s husband Bob<br />

Felch reached out to Jean Beard<br />

Barden to cater Marianne’s 63rd<br />

Birthday party on July 31st. Jean, her<br />

daughter, my two daughters, myself<br />

and sous chef Suzanne Ullrich, all<br />

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Class of 1978: Cannie Chrysler Shafer, Lisa Wray Longino, Mary Page Stewart, Becky Dane Evans, Kathering<br />

Powell Heller, with Lynn Spilman Williams and Cassandra Smith Babbitt in the background<br />

helped transport from the mainland,<br />

prep, cook, then serve the yummy<br />

‘Jean’s Cuisine Specialties’ in ‘Sconset.<br />

Thumbs up and very good job,<br />

Jean! You outdid yourself. A special<br />

thank you to Suzanne for picking up<br />

the THREE forgotten layered birthday<br />

cakes in CT. (Can you imagine<br />

the looks crossing on the Ferry?)<br />

‘Hut’s’ party was a special reunion for<br />

us all. We made a Hollins graduate at<br />

the birthday party very jealous of our<br />

fierce SBC group and bond. I had a<br />

fun overnight visit on 8/1 with Barbara<br />

Peck at her beautiful Hartland,<br />

VT, home. My commute to work the<br />

next day was only 20 minutes so we<br />

are stoked that we are so close and<br />

look forward to many more get togethers!<br />

Ironically, I just moved to<br />

Hartland myself to be closer to my<br />

job and work week to avoid the daily<br />

1 1/2 hour drive.” Lauren works<br />

in Hanover, NH, at ‘The Greens at<br />

Hanover’ running an independent<br />

retirement home which has 28 condos.<br />

“Last <strong>Fall</strong> I sold a condo owned<br />

by an SBC graduate from ‘48 to another<br />

SBC ’50 graduate, “Jo Grant”<br />

who now calls her condo the ‘<strong>Briar</strong><br />

Suite!’ How is that for keeping it in<br />

the SBC circle?! Cassandra Babbitt<br />

and husband came to visit me at The<br />

Greens during our Friday hospitality<br />

Happy Hour(s)! I hope to reconnect<br />

with more SBC friends this summer<br />

and fall” During her late August visit<br />

to Nantucket, Lauren was able to reconnect<br />

with ‘lost, now found’ classmates<br />

Margaret Meads Nordlinger<br />

and Lindsley Matthews. Margaret is<br />

in NYC and looking forward to reconnecting<br />

with more SBC friends,<br />

while Lindsley now lives on Nantucket<br />

selling real estate after having<br />

lived in VA and NYC. Lauren ends<br />

in typical Lauren fashion. “For now<br />

I am still smiling and laughing from<br />

our 40th! Hugs to all of you. Aloha!”<br />

Yes, we all get around, hopefully<br />

always connecting with SBC sisters,<br />

near and far! On my travels back from<br />

Nantucket I was able to have some<br />

blueberry pie at the Hot Chocolate<br />

Sparrow in Orleans, on the Cape,<br />

with again new grandmother, Anne<br />

Taylor Quarles Doolittle. Daughter<br />

Betsy had a ‘little’ 9lbs 12oz baby girl<br />

in August. Thank goodness she was<br />

taken a bit early! Guess we know<br />

where ATQ will be for a while! Keep<br />

those thoughts and prayers flowing<br />

their way! Life throws challenges at<br />

us, which gives us a chance to rise to<br />

the occasion! (ATQ, you are strong<br />

and will get all through this!) Maybe<br />

that is why we are all so good at finding<br />

new passions in life as we? Or is<br />

it that we got to test the waters in SO<br />

many areas while at school? Keep on<br />

painting, Anne! Another treat while<br />

on the Cape was a visit with Lauren<br />

McManus Huyett ’79 in East Falmouth.<br />

Eating, sitting on the beach,<br />

ice cream and relaxing…just a great<br />

time catching up!<br />

I continue to travel with Rick periodically,<br />

sometimes he even travels<br />

for vacation! We went to Ireland for<br />

a nephew’s wedding, as well as seeing<br />

a friend we met in New Caledonia<br />

and another friend whom I have<br />

remained friends with since second<br />

grade. Ireland was experiencing a<br />

drought, so the weather was consistently<br />

warm for us, while the Irish<br />

were ‘sweltering’! It was glorious! It<br />

was also a treat to spend some time<br />

in Scotland. Think ‘Outlander’! Castles,<br />

haggis, black and white pudding,<br />

kippered herring….and of course,<br />

a ‘wee bit ‘o whiskey’! Two out of<br />

the three boys are nearby with the<br />

‘grands’, one each, while the youngest<br />

is in AL. Ned decided to take a hiking<br />

trip that has been in the works<br />

for many years with his friend (since<br />

pre-K!) to Zion, Escalante, and back<br />

country hiking in Grand Canyon<br />

Nat’l Parks in Sept. Oldest Alex has<br />

taken on any and all sorts of cycling<br />

activities, making this mom a little<br />

nervous on a regular basis! His<br />

1-year-old son, Leo, is the apple of<br />

his eye! Second son, Andrew, is also<br />

smitten and stays busy with 2-yearold<br />

Laurel. On a personal note, I cannot<br />

fully express my total surprise<br />

and gratitude for the amazing quilt,<br />

and book of the collection of notes<br />

and chronological pictures from all<br />

our Reunions that so many of you<br />

contributed to. A special shout out to<br />

Muffy for taking the time to compile<br />

the lovely personal notes and pictures<br />

into such a treasured keepsake!<br />

I find I need a tissue nearby every<br />

time I look through it! It was such<br />

a hoot, conspiring with Muffy on<br />

everything leading up to our 40th!<br />

(Thank goodness we don’t have ‘long<br />

distance charges’ of old to deal with!)<br />

The hours of planning were all worth<br />

it just to see everyone’s faces as they<br />

chatted and laughed all weekend!<br />

We already have a few more plans<br />

up our sleeves, so…Watch out! For<br />

those of you not in the Class of ’78,<br />

a little background… Instigated by<br />

Cassandra Smith Babbitt (‘Quilter<br />

Extraordinaire’), and Muffy Hamilton<br />

Parsons, brainstormed with<br />

various other classmates, classmates<br />

were asked to submit a picture/scan<br />

of their hands. A total of 72 hands<br />

came streaming in by mail, email,<br />

and FB from across the country,<br />

and around the world, to Cassandra!<br />

Keeping track of it all was (I’m<br />

sure!) controlled chaos! Each hand<br />

silhouette (many with hidden special<br />

meanings, one with our 4-legged<br />

Mini Reunion 2017 mascot, Gus’s<br />

paw print and another with a spoon<br />

from Chef Jean!) was then made into<br />

a fabric block and used to create a<br />

unique, and oh! so special quilt for<br />

this Class Secretary! I was in shock,<br />

in tears, somewhat speechless, and<br />

more than a little touched! The black<br />

and white ‘newsprint’ fabrics (appropriate<br />

from a ‘notes’ perspective~),<br />

accented with pink and green (of<br />

course!) were put together in such<br />

a way that during a recent period of<br />

‘stuck in the house’ I truly felt all the<br />

hugs from the arms attached to those<br />

hands! It was so very comforting,<br />

and I can’t thank you all enough! It<br />

will be treasured for MANY years!<br />

Cassandra also presented Muffy<br />

with a well deserved, magnificent<br />

quilt for being my cohort in crime<br />

during the past couple of years, and<br />

now our Class President! Being your<br />

class secretary is an honor and a joy,<br />

but I haven’t done it alone! Over the<br />

years there have been others…Paula<br />

Brown Kelley, Janet Rakoczy, Michelle<br />

Tarride Frazier, (did I miss<br />

someone?)… and all of you! Thank<br />

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you for being true SBC Sisters! Keep<br />

reaching out to each other, re-kindle<br />

friendships and support each other.<br />

You never know who will need that<br />

little something extra, putting a smile<br />

on their face, or lending a shoulder to<br />

cry on. As always, sending Hugs!<br />

1979<br />

Robbie McBride Bingham<br />

773 Shady Dr. E<br />

Apt. 101<br />

Pittsburgh, PA 15228<br />

maryrbingham@gmail.com<br />

Louise Mueller Cook: Both of<br />

my sons are out of undergrad school.<br />

One is applying to grad school. The<br />

younger one is engaged! I am feeling<br />

a bit old and irrelevant. [Fortunately,<br />

she is great and we love her.] Both<br />

boys, the fiancé and I are going to<br />

Utah for a horseback trip to three<br />

national parks. Longest day is 9<br />

hours in the saddle. We are going to<br />

be sore. Can’t wait for every aching<br />

minute of it. I see Claire Cartwright<br />

Vaughn once in a while. Also Diane<br />

Dillworth Gates. Really looking forward<br />

to our 40th. I hope many of us<br />

will be there.<br />

Susan Andrews Cruess: Leigh<br />

retired on March 31 and is enjoying<br />

the relaxed lifestyle. With no limit<br />

on vacation days, we have had the<br />

following adventures: just returned<br />

from 5 weeks in Ontario at Leigh’s<br />

family cottage; drove out to Deep<br />

River, taking the northern route<br />

through Canada on the way out<br />

and the southern route through MI,<br />

MN, and N.D. on the way home. At<br />

least we missed the worst smoke in<br />

Calgary from the wildfires in British<br />

Columbia. We were home for a week<br />

before flying to Toronto for our son<br />

Jim’s wedding. We adore his fiancé<br />

and are looking forward to sharing<br />

in the celebration with friends and<br />

family from across North America.<br />

Looking forward to trips to France<br />

and Palm Springs this fall. And of<br />

course the highlight for 2019 travel<br />

will be Reunion! Can’t wait to see<br />

everyone in June.<br />

Vicki Wingate Wilkes: I’m still<br />

working in S.C. state government<br />

handling real estate needs for the<br />

intellectually disabled. Husband<br />

Craig has retired from being a pastor<br />

at First Presbyterian Columbia.<br />

Together we shuffle bio son George<br />

(10th grade) and adopted daughter<br />

from Russia, Susannah Kate (7th),<br />

to school, golf, and gymnastics. Our<br />

schedule isn’t our own with things<br />

to do for our elderly parents, 2 cats,<br />

and 2 dogs. We’re the “poster” couple<br />

for the “sandwiched” generation! Our<br />

favorite family times outside home<br />

and church are UGa football, times<br />

in N.C. mountains and south GA<br />

timber farm, and any historic site<br />

in-between. Have squeezed in trips<br />

to Alaska, Arizona/Utah, and New<br />

England. Hope to make 40th both at<br />

SBC and UVa (where I finished), but<br />

reunions coincide with kids’ exams<br />

week. Who would have thought at<br />

my 40th I’d be hindered by such!<br />

Lauren Huyett: We are doing<br />

great up here in Massachusetts. Bill<br />

and I both still work full-time — he<br />

is at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in<br />

Cambridge, and I am still working a<br />

ton for my own decorating company.<br />

All 5 kids are doing well. Kate is<br />

in Manhattan working for Bombas.<br />

Phil and Megan are in Pasadena for<br />

a fellowship year (he is an ENT surgeon).<br />

They are expecting our first<br />

grandchild any day! They will be back<br />

in Boston next June. Peter and Chip<br />

live together in Boston and work for<br />

451 Research and Wayfair. Susan is<br />

off to London for a graduate program<br />

in production design. She had a lot<br />

of fun working on the TV show “Billions”<br />

last year. Anyone near Concord<br />

or Falmouth, please come visit!<br />

Robbie McBride Bingham: Sold<br />

the condo, William moved closer to<br />

work and in with his girlfriend, and<br />

I am in a wonderful 1929 apartment.<br />

Sam graduated from UNM with a<br />

B.S. in math and a B.A. in philosophy.<br />

He got an internship with the<br />

Air Force and is starting a master’s<br />

program of his own design. I spent<br />

the summer catching up on my act 48<br />

continuing education hours and went<br />

to Nags Head, N.C. and <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong><br />

for SWW, with stops in Washington,<br />

D.C., where I caught up with Megan<br />

Morgan ’76. Lots of fun.<br />

Susan Lineburry: I recently<br />

joined Cindi Little Townsend to<br />

celebrate her birthday. It was a very<br />

entertaining experience in a salt<br />

cave spa. I wish it had made all the<br />

wrinkles go away. Finally, I am truly<br />

looking forward to seeing everyone at<br />

Reunion in 2019. It’s hard to believe<br />

it has been 40 years.<br />

1980<br />

Myth Monnich Bayoud<br />

6269 Oram St.<br />

Apt. 21<br />

Dallas, TX 75214<br />

mythbayoud@yahoo.com<br />

Florence Barnick writes that<br />

“gasp” 2020 is our 40th reunion, so<br />

we need to make a big effort to be<br />

there. She has been trying to fit in<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Work Weeks and almost<br />

made it this year.<br />

Felecia Bernstein attended<br />

<strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Work Weeks for the<br />

second year. It’s work, but such good<br />

work. If you have not been back —<br />

the food service is great and the campus<br />

still needs some work, but it has<br />

life in it.<br />

Leslie Bires in San Francisco<br />

has a new job working for the dynamic<br />

young female president of<br />

First Republic Bank. Her oldest son,<br />

Alex, heads off to Cal Poly in September.<br />

Colin is a freshman in high<br />

school. Her active, golf-playing Dad<br />

turned 90 on Labor Day, and her ever-youthful,<br />

on-the-go Mom (SBC<br />

’53) will be 86.<br />

Lind Robinson Bussey has<br />

crossed over into her 60s. She saw<br />

Ireland via horseback with husband<br />

and friends this summer. All<br />

of her children are married and she<br />

is expecting her 5th grandchild at<br />

Thanksgiving. She would love to<br />

cross paths with <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> classmates.<br />

She stays busy playing golf.<br />

Martha Freuhauf spent a fabulous<br />

weekend with Georgia Schley<br />

Ritchie and Beth Fletcher Lubin at<br />

Georgia’s mountain retreat in Highlands,<br />

North Carolina.<br />

Charlotte Gay Gerhardt writes<br />

that <strong>2018</strong> has been an exciting and<br />

very busy year. She became a firsttime<br />

grandmother, and like many<br />

of us turned 60! Oldest daughter<br />

and her husband welcomed Emmaline<br />

into the world this spring, and<br />

youngest daughter is off to get her<br />

MBA at Oxford this fall. All three<br />

joined forces from Salt Lake City,<br />

Richmond, and NYC to throw a<br />

party for Charlotte with an Elton<br />

John theme. On top of that, they<br />

recently sold their home of 21 years<br />

and are dramatically downsizing.<br />

Lisa Heisterkamp Davis writes<br />

that life is good. Augusta (28) is a<br />

bona fide social worker and Dashiel<br />

(26) is a law school student at Boston<br />

<strong>College</strong>. Lisa and her husband,<br />

Josh, went to Morocco and the Canary<br />

Islands to celebrate their 30th<br />

anniversary. She met up with Sarah<br />

Skaggs ’79 and Mary Gearhart ’78 at<br />

Christmastime and went to see the<br />

choreography Mimi Garrard ‘58, in<br />

NYC. Aimee Kass’79 joined them<br />

for a spirited walk on the High Line<br />

and they passionately reminisced<br />

about <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>!<br />

Ginny Hoff says we need to<br />

plan a reunion for the Class of 1980<br />

during <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong> Work Weeks in<br />

2020. She has been for the last three<br />

years and really enjoyed meeting alums<br />

from other classes. Ginny, Amy<br />

Campbell Lamphere and Myth<br />

Monnich Bayoud discussed making<br />

something happen at the Boathouse.<br />

Phyllis Watt Jordan is officially<br />

an empty nester, with son Jake starting<br />

his freshman year at the University<br />

of Vermont and daughter Miranda<br />

a senior at Emerson <strong>College</strong><br />

in Boston. She’s working at Georgetown<br />

University, helping think tanks<br />

translate their research for a broader<br />

audience. She met up with Emily<br />

Quinn McDermott, Lisa Ward<br />

Connors and Cindy Stover Motyko<br />

at Emily’s home near Narragansett<br />

in July.<br />

Tinsley Place Lockhart’s son<br />

Beauregard and his wife Beatriz had<br />

a daughter in June, Elodie Lockhart.<br />

At two months old, she’d already<br />

been to Azerbaijan and travelled on<br />

a train from Baku to Georgia (not<br />

the US state!). Tinsley and husband<br />

John have travelled a lot this<br />

year: Bermuda in May, London and<br />

Isle of Wright in July, home in Edinburgh<br />

seeing great comedy at the<br />

Festival Fringe in August, then the<br />

beach outside of Venice for a couple<br />

of weeks in September. She enjoyed<br />

seeing Laurie Newman Tuchel,<br />

who spent part of the year at Leith<br />

<strong>College</strong> of Art in Edinburgh. They<br />

all caught up with Georgia Schley<br />

Ritchie when she was passing<br />

through as part of her travel agency<br />

business.<br />

Richard and Ellen Clement<br />

Mouri are in Rixeyville, VA, daughter<br />

Sarah and her husband Erik are<br />

in Paris, KY, and son Cameron is in<br />

Boulder, CO. Ellen writes that Cameron<br />

is a sushi chef at Sushi Zamni<br />

fall <strong>2018</strong><br />

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sbc.edu<br />

John Wiles, Janel Wiles ’80 and<br />

Myth Bayoud ’80 in Vail<br />

Myth Bayoud ’80, Janel Wiles ’80<br />

snowshoeing around the vail golf<br />

course<br />

and loves everything about living in<br />

CO. Sarah and Erik just returned<br />

from a trip to Norway in July. Ellen<br />

kept the “grand dogs” while they were<br />

gone and they fit in with Ellen’s Dobermans.<br />

She stops and visits Monument<br />

Hill on her way to dog shows<br />

several times a year. Her youngest<br />

Doberman is one major win away<br />

from an AKC Championship. She<br />

is still riding and took her OTTB to<br />

his first dressage schooling show last<br />

month. She writes, “Life is busy here<br />

on our little farm and the animals<br />

keep us humble!”<br />

Judi Noel is retired now and enjoying<br />

her farm in Bedford, VA, with<br />

her husband and two spoiled dogs.<br />

Life is good.<br />

Ann Conolly Simpson writes<br />

that <strong>2018</strong> has been great! She was in<br />

Mexico In December, hiking in Utah<br />

in June, and boating this summer…<br />

plus LOTS of tennis. She is still at<br />

the Dragon’s Nest selling toys like<br />

crazy and Hannah (29) is a teacher<br />

at a middle school.<br />

Myth Monnich Bayoud, your<br />

class secretary, has been busy! Her<br />

son, Charlie (who now calls himself<br />

Chuck Ryan on the radio) is a<br />

sophomore majoring in Journalism<br />

at Mizzou. She is now a Mizzou Tiger<br />

fan! In February, she was in Vail<br />

with Janel Hughes Wiles and her<br />

husband John. They skied and took a<br />

long snowshoe trek on the Vail Golf<br />

Course in the wet snow. The back 9<br />

was even closed! She spent Memorial<br />

Day in Kennesaw, Georgia, at the<br />

Wiles’ playing golf and swimming.<br />

She sees Carolyn Birbick Thomason<br />

and Tish Longest Tyler about<br />

twice a year. If you have a new email<br />

address, please email it to her at:<br />

mythbayoud@yahoo.com.<br />

1981<br />

Mary Claire Purnell<br />

Five Park Place, Apt. 408<br />

Annapolis, MD 21401<br />

cpgd@verizon.net<br />

Susan Pinkard Morgan is still<br />

teaching 6th grade math and living in<br />

south Florida. Married 28 years this<br />

May, her daughter will be 23 soon.<br />

She loves living with two cats, one<br />

dog, “and the folks mentioned above.”<br />

Quinne Fokes is busy doing<br />

UX research projects, looking for an<br />

on-going gig, painting, doing Kempo,<br />

almost done with MS in HCI<br />

(two more classes to go), and she put<br />

up a blog called ConversationsWith-<br />

MyCat.com.<br />

Susan Graham Campbell moved<br />

to Medford, NJ, this past spring to<br />

be closer to her horses after nearly 30<br />

years in center city Philadelphia. She<br />

has been semi-retired for 20 months<br />

and is just now starting to think<br />

about re-entering the workforce in<br />

some capacity. Her daughter, Sarah,<br />

lives and works in Philadelphia so<br />

she gets to see her regularly which<br />

is very nice. She just spent a week in<br />

NE Harbor, ME, with her wonderful<br />

parents. Life is good!<br />

Anne Grosvenor Evrard and<br />

husband, Walter, are grandparents<br />

again: Helene gave birth to Mathide<br />

last November. Raphael is now 16<br />

months and is walking and talking!<br />

Anne is about to begin renovating<br />

their house in the Basque Country.<br />

She will be in Memphis for Thanksgiving<br />

to see her daughter Clotilde<br />

who now lives in Tennessee.<br />

Carol Hays Hunley and Tom<br />

are loving Charlotte, NC. Tom has<br />

retired and Carol continues to enjoy<br />

her role at Ally Bank. They are excited<br />

for their daughter Chrissy’s wedding<br />

in Gloucester, MA on September<br />

2 and I can’t wait to see Vickie<br />

Archer there! I have become active<br />

in the local MS Society chapter and<br />

enjoy connecting with others dealing<br />

with MS. “I am blessed to be living<br />

a full life surrounded by loved ones.”<br />

Hillary Lewis Bennett lives in<br />

Alexandria, VA, and is still close<br />

with Dana McBride Jackson. They<br />

even went hiking this summer on<br />

Mt. Rainier. She retired from teaching,<br />

but is still singing, cycling and<br />

enjoying theatre and Bible Study.<br />

“Look me up!”<br />

As for me, Claire Purnell, our<br />

big news is that our daughter Mary<br />

(24) married Paul Hearding last<br />

May in Telluride, CO. It was a wonderful<br />

weekend with all kinds of<br />

weather including a little snow on<br />

the wedding day. Liz (21) is a senior<br />

at Fordham U and is studying<br />

Sustainability. I am headed to Pittsburgh,<br />

PA and am excited to stay<br />

with Liz Winson Sweeney. I also<br />

stay in touch with Kearsley Rand<br />

Waggoner who is as witty as ever.<br />

1982<br />

Patti Snodgrass Borda Mullins<br />

15 Tenth Avenue<br />

Brunswick, Md. 21716<br />

pattibmullins@gmail.com<br />

Patti Snodgrass Borda Mullins:<br />

I am vicariously enjoying my husband<br />

Earl’s retirement; with his boat<br />

moored in Annapolis, we frequently<br />

sail on the Chesapeake Bay. We were<br />

part of a chartered flotilla in February<br />

from St. Lucia to ports in Martinique<br />

and thereabouts. Novice sailor<br />

that I am, I enjoyed the opportunity<br />

to handle a 51-foot ship in 10-foot<br />

waves and 30-mph winds. Daughter<br />

Virginia is a rising senior, who<br />

soon will start applying to colleges<br />

(and knows only at this point, that<br />

she wants a “big” school). My job as<br />

communications coordinator for<br />

The City of Frederick, Md., continues<br />

to engage me in familiar and new<br />

endeavors that are quite fulfilling.<br />

Fundraising kudos: Our class had<br />

a final participation rate of 25.7 percent<br />

and raised a total of $168,799 to<br />

all funds at <strong>Sweet</strong> <strong>Briar</strong>. Thank you,<br />

classmates, who are able to support<br />

beloved SBC financially, and to those<br />

who find other ways to sustain our<br />

alma mater.<br />

Jean Von Schrader Bryan: Loving<br />

life in Amherst. Empty nest is<br />

nice! New pool has made me very<br />

happy this summer. I’m so proud of<br />

our class for its increased giving percentage!<br />

Turning 59 [in September]<br />

... Sliding down toward 60 next year.<br />

Deborah Price Bowman: My<br />

children are both seniors — Kate in<br />

college at the New School in Manhattan;<br />

Kessler at White Mountain<br />

School in New Hampshire. I’m enjoying<br />

N.J./NYC, tennis, paddle,<br />

running singles social and tennis<br />

groups locally, and possibly helping<br />

my mom move. Observing her Marie<br />

Kondo-like “Swedish Death Cleaning,”<br />