Sweet Briar College Magazine - Fall 2018




Dear Sweet Briar alumnae and friends,

It was a busy spring and summer here at Sweet Briar, where our faculty and staff

diligently developed an almost entirely new curriculum and new course descriptions.

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

work put into practice.

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

student body took the first course in our leadership core, Design Thinking, meaning that

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

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

innovative curriculum leads. You can learn more about our Design Thinking course on

page 6.

The rest of our students took courses in a variety of topics — from business negotiation

to the love story; from smartphone photography to the ways in which the ancient

world can provide solutions to contemporary problems. I was able to teach my first class

at Sweet Briar during the session and I was pleased — though not at all surprised — by

the thoughtful discussions we had. I expect nothing less from the intelligent and insightful

young women who make up our student body.

Like the academic faculty and staff, the alumnae relations and development staff had

a busy summer. Their hard work — and your generosity — led to another successful

year of fundraising, exceeding the College’s goal for the third year in a row with a total of

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

with more than 300 alumnae on campus remembering their college days and celebrating

successes — their own and Sweet Briar’s. You can see pictures from Reunion on page 18.

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

Toone ’53, who enjoyed a road trip to Sweet Briar from St. Louis to attend Reunion.

As summer came to an end, dozens of alumnae came to Sweet Briar to clean, weed,

paint and more, getting our beautiful campus ready to greet our new and returning


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

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

of renewal. For Sweet Briar, that is especially true this year.

While there is much new about the College, there is much that remains true to her

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

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

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

Thank you for being part of our community.


Meredith Woo

Fall 2018, Vol. 88, No. 2

This magazine aims to present interesting and

thought-provoking news about the College

and its alumnae. Publication of the material

does not indicate endorsement of the author’s

viewpoint by the College. We reserve the

right to edit and revise all material that we

accept for publication. If you have a story idea

or content to submit for publication, contact

the editor, Amy Ostroth, at aostroth@sbc.edu.

Magazine Staff

Amy Ostroth, Editor

Clélie Steckel, Director of Annual Giving and

the Sweet Briar Fund

SilverLining Design, Lead Design

Cassie Foster Evans, Photographer

Contributors: Janika Carey ’10, Jane Dure

’82, Fran McClung Ferguson ‘80, Clara Barton

Green ‘89, Alex Grobman ‘12, Repps Hudson,

Phyllis Watt Jordan ’80, Maggie Saylor

Patrick ‘07, Suzanne Ramsey, Gracie Tredwell

Schild ‘82, Jenn Wiley Schmidt ‘06, Sybil Slate

Contact Information

Office of Communications

P.O. Box 1052

Sweet Briar, VA 24595


Office of Alumnae Relations and


P.O. Box 1057

Sweet Briar, VA 24595


Parents of Alumnae

If this magazine is addressed to a daughter

who no longer maintains a permanent

address at your home, please email us at

alumnae@sbc.edu with her new address.

Thank you!

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The Arts at Sweet Briar College

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

Design and the Arts and get to know the center’s director, Carrie Brown.

Learning by Design

The Sweet Briar’s Leadership Core Curriculum got started this fall with

CORE 110: Design Thinking.

Ginnie Toone ’53: On the Road to Sweet Briar

Ginnie Toone and her brother, Repps Hudson, took a road trip to Sweet Briar

this summer to be on campus for her 65th Reunion.

Outstanding Alumna Karen Hartnett ’70

At Reunion Convocation, Karen Hartnett was recognized for her dedicated

service to Sweet Briar.

Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87: Charting a Fierce Legacy

Teresa Pike Tomlinson completed her service as chairwoman of the Sweet Briar

College Board of Directors this summer. We asked her about her Sweet Briar story.

Makayla Benjamin ’18: Riding Forward

Makayla Benjamin became Sweet Briar’s first Cacchione Cup winner this year.

Dorothy Venter ’35

Dorothy Venter shares her memories of Sweet Briar.

In Memoriam: Lincoln Brower

Renowned monarch butterfly expert and Sweet Briar faculty member dies, but

his legacy lives on.



On the Quad





35 Giving 42 In Memoriam

Class Notes





The arts have long been a part of the culture at Sweet Briar.

From its earliest days, students took music and drawing classes

to supplement their required classes in English, languages,

history, philosophy and mathematics.

The arts are no less a part of the College today. In acknowledgment

of their importance, both in their own right and as

part of a comprehensive liberal arts education, President Meredith

Woo announced last fall that one of the College’s new

centers of excellence would be devoted to the arts: The Center

for Creativity, Design and the Arts. Longtime faculty member

and author Carrie Brown serves as the center’s director.

Brown notes that the center is a natural extension and

expansion of Sweet Briar’s ongoing commitment to the arts

as a critical part of a liberal arts education and to the College’s

commitment to interdisciplinary learning. “We want to

encourage students to think broadly about creative experience,

discovering how art and the making of art — often a

problem-solving experience in its own right —positions them

to become leaders, advocates and innovators in a variety of



Students from across the curriculum

— no matter their program of study —

benefit particularly from the College’s

relationship with the Virginia Center

for the Creative Arts, one of the nation’s

largest residential artists’ communities.

Minutes away on Sweet Briar’s sister

land of Mount San Angelo, VCCA

hosts more than 400 fellows a year from

around the world, artists with honors

ranging from the MacArthur Fellowship

and the National Book Award

to the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships

from the National Endowment for the

Arts, the American Academy in Rome,

the Guggenheim Foundation and the

Pollock-Krasner Foundation, among

others. Last spring, Brown launched a

series of salons featuring fellows from

the VCCA. The fellows visit campus for

readings or to present or perform their

work to members of the campus community

— faculty, staff and students

alike. Not only do these events add to

the cultural experiences available at the

College, but they also give students a

chance to learn directly from working

artists. Those events will continue

throughout the 2018-2019 academic


In spring 2019, the center also will

launch an interdisciplinary section of

the Expression and the Arts course in

the leadership core curriculum to be

taught by a cross-genre team of fellows

from VCCA. “We’ve begun reviewing

the applications and are delighted by

the overwhelming number of artists

who want to participate in the fellowships,

as well as by the thrilling range of

exciting proposals,” Brown says. “We’re

very grateful to our partners at VCCA

for helping to make this truly unique

opportunity available to students.”

The idea of creativity at the College

is broad and shelters a wide range of

creative endeavors under its umbrella.

This fall, for example, Medford Taylor

taught a class in smartphone photography

during the College’s initial threeweek

session, teaching students to use

the tools in their pockets as a vehicle for

creative expression. One of the courses

in the College’s leadership core curriculum,

The Mindful Writer, encourages

students to use their creative inspiration

to write in the range of rhetorical styles

found in The New Yorker magazine.

In October, New Yorker staff writer

Rebecca Mead visited campus to give

students an inside look at the workings

of the magazine.

Teaching students to exercise their

creative talents in a broad range of

pursuits, Brown believes, will help them

become more empathetic leaders and

problem-solvers, but also more elastic

ones, comfortable with and confident

about thinking in original ways. She’d

also like to see the College’s arts curriculum

become more engaged in the

future with public service and policy.

“I’d like to see Sweet Briar students

who don’t necessarily arrive on campus

thinking of themselves as creative

people to leave [campus] deeply valuing

the arts and their own creative impulses

and experiences, whatever their chosen

profession,” she says. “My hope is that

the arts curriculum at Sweet Briar will

be a significant piece of educating more

innovative, flexible, exciting and excited


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Brown is the author of seven acclaimed

novels, most recently “The Stargazer’s

Sister,” which won the Library of Virginia’s

2017 People’s Choice Award — and

a collection of short stories. She has

won many awards, including a National

Endowment for the Arts fellowship, the

Barnes and Noble Discover Award, the

Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for work

by an American woman writer, the

Great Lakes Book Award and, twice,

the Library of Virginia Award for fiction.

Her short fiction and essays have appeared

in many journals, including Tin

House, The Southern Review, One Story,

Glimmer Train, The Georgia Review

and The Oxford American.


When President Meredith Woo

launched the College’s centers of

excellence, she knew they would need

talented and dedicated leaders. It is perhaps

no surprise, then, that she tapped

longtime faculty member Carrie Brown

as director of the Center for Creativity,

Design and the Arts.

Brown grew up in New England, but

because of her father’s job, she also

spent some of her childhood in England

and Hong Kong. She attended

Brown University as an undergraduate

and completed her Master of Fine Arts

degree at the University of Virginia.

She’s now lived at Sweet Briar longer

than she’s lived anywhere else, and her

work as a novelist is rooted on the College’s

campus. She worked as a journalist

for many years but began seriously

writing fiction when her husband —

John Gregory Brown, director of Sweet

Briar’s English and creative writing program

— accepted a job at Sweet Briar in

1994. Brown published her first novel,

“Rose’s Garden,” four years later.

Though her first novel didn’t appear

until 1998, she actually wrote her first

fiction in middle school, when she and

her classmates were given an assignment

(“Not a very imaginative one, I might

add,” she says) to record the events of

their daily lives in a journal. “My daily

life was pretty dull,” Brown admits, “and

before long I began to make things up

in order to liven up my entries. This

made the assignment far more entertaining

for me, but my anecdotes grew

increasingly dramatic, and eventually

my parents were called in to school, and

my imaginative excesses were discovered.

Now everyone in my family thinks

that’s a funny story, which I suppose it

is — I made up some pretty outlandish

stuff — but in some ways, even though

I’d always loved books, it was also my

first serious taste of the pleasure of

invention. I’ve wanted to be a writer

ever since.”

That long-ago assignment may have

seemed boring to the young Brown,

but she seems to have taken the idea to

heart, perhaps helped along by some

advice Henry James once gave to an



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

aspiring writer, and which she cherishes:

“Try to be one on whom nothing

is lost.” Now, daily life often provides

the inspiration for her writing. For

example, the idea for “The Stargazer’s

Sister” came while she was listening to

a radio program about 19th-century

astronomer William Herschel and his

sister, Caroline, who was not only his

assistant, but also made some of her

own important astronomical discoveries.

Although it took several years to

write the novel after hearing the story, “I

could never shake the sense that there

was something extraordinary there,” she

says. She’s also inspired by the ordinary

people she sees in the world going about

their everyday lives. “You never know

what gifts the world is going to give you,

if you’re looking out for them.”

Of course, Brown is more than an

accomplished novelist. She’s also a

teacher. For her, though, the two aren’t

in conflict. In fact, she says, “I often feel

like my teaching feeds my writing. I’m

most awake then to all the resonances

of language, and to the many things I

love about fiction, when I’m trying to

transmit them to my students.” She

acknowledges, however, the difficulty

in finding enough hours in a day to

do all the things that are important to

her. Her advice to students and other

aspiring writers? “There are things that

sometimes are just more important than

writing: caring for a child or a parent

or a friend in need, cooking a meal for

friends, taking a long walk, dispatching

one’s duties to a job other than one’s

creative work,” Brown says. “Sometimes

you just have to live your life and trust

that the writing and the time for it will


She enjoys the opportunities she has

to work one-on-one with students at

Sweet Briar. Through her teaching, she’s

had the satisfaction of getting to know

some amazing young women as writers,

thinkers and people, and to watch their

writing and understanding develop over

the course of a semester. “There’s almost

nothing quite as wonderful in the classroom

as watching a student discover a

writer she loves, or to suddenly ‘get’ a

story or poem that might have eluded

her a year before,” Brown says. “The

experience of watching students carry

what they’ve learned forward into further

study and then into the world, and

to have that kind of ongoing intellectual

relationship with them, is perhaps my

favorite part about teaching writing at

Sweet Briar.”

The sense of community that is an

essential part of her classroom is a

thread that winds through Brown’s

entire Sweet Briar experience. She and

her husband have raised three children

on campus — all of them now grown

— and she’s grateful for the community

her children had at Sweet Briar. Their

family benefited, not just from the students,

many of whom served as babysitters

over the years, but also from the

faculty and staff at the College. “It’s been

a supportive place to pursue our work

as writers, just isolated enough from the

world to give us the space and quiet a

writer needs, but close enough to keep

us in touch with the broader literary

world,” she says. “We’ve always felt lucky

to have colleagues we like and admire,

many of whom we’ve now known for

nearly a quarter century.”

It’s a community that is nurturing,

but also dynamic, and it stretches far

beyond the borders of Amherst County

into the extended world of alumnae artists

who have made some part of their

life at Sweet Briar. She says her favorite

memories of the College are of the

gatherings they’ve hosted at their house

when a writer visits. “It might be a mild

fall evening or one in spring, when

the dogwoods are in bloom,” she says.

“There will be tables and chairs set up

on the lawn, and white tablecloths, and

flowers on the tables, and candlelight,

and good food and drink and conversation,

with students and faculty and our

guests mingling together. Soon we’ll

leave the dishes and the fireflies beginning

to blink in the field and walk up to

campus for a reading.” There have been

many such gatherings over the years, she

says, and each time, their guests remark

about how lucky the Browns are to live

and work in such a place. She agrees.

She’s excited about what lies ahead for

Sweet Briar. “With the establishment

of our centers, the re-envisioning of the

College’s core curriculum and an increased

focus on educating women who

are meaningfully equipped and devoted

to being innovative, ambitious and

compassionate leaders in today’s world,

I think we’re embarking on a deeply

important chapter for the College.”

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CORE 110:




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

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

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

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

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

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



CORE 110: Design Thinking is the first class

in the College’s Leadership Core Curriculum.

It was team-taught by four faculty members:

Josh Harris, music; Christopher Penfield,

philosophy; Jessica Salvatore, psychology; and

Kaelyn Leake, engineering.

One reason it’s the first course in the core is because it can

be applied to so many different fields. Kaelyn Leake, assistant

professor of engineering, says that although there’s already an

engineering design process, design thinking can be complementary

and both processes are based on similar principles. “I

think anyone who truly learns design thinking will see their

field in it,” she says.

All of the faculty teaching the class went to Stanford last

winter to train at its design school. For them, design thinking

is as much about defining problems as solving them. In order

to design anything, you first have to know what problem

you’re trying to solve, a skill Jessica Salvatore, associate professor

of psychology, says can be applied to almost every aspect

of college. For example, she says, “It’s a universal experience

to be assigned a paper for a class and to not know where to

begin because you can’t describe the problem you’re trying

to research. If students can learn to define problems, they’ll

be able to apply that skill to every project in every class they

take, as well as to the professional problems they’ll solve after

graduation.” Penfield agrees. “You can’t solve any problem until

you identify the issue,” he says. “Learning to locate, identify

and define the problem is an important first step in becoming

a problem-solver.”

One thing that makes design thinking at Sweet Briar different

is that it’s a required course that everyone has to take. “We

often heard from the students that the class didn’t feel ‘like

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

“I’ve never heard of anyone teaching a framework of

defining problems in a systematic way to every single student

in an incoming cohort. That makes it different.”

For students, although the class may have been strange at

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

Williams ’22. “The subject matter is relevant to my engineering

aspirations. The process was a little slow at first, but it was

worth learning about it in depth.”

Perhaps the most defining part of design thinking is that

it is an iterative process. You talk to someone and empathize

with them. You define the problem. You come up with ideas

for solving that problem. You build a prototype of that solution

and then you test it. But the process doesn’t end there

and it’s not linear. Sometimes you think you’ve defined the

problem, but during the testing phase, you discover some unthought-of

aspect that changes the way you think. Sometimes

you test something and it doesn’t work, so you have to come

up with new ideas and develop a new prototype. Sometimes

your idea works great, but during the process, you discover a

different problem you want to solve.

To be sure, design thinking has its skeptics. Salvatore was a

skeptic until she took the Stanford course. Penfield notes that

critics sometimes say that “design thinking doesn’t involve a

moment of critique,” but he argues that critique is an inherent

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

the creative process, to apply that critique,” he says.

On the first day of class, the students were given a box

of items: aluminum foil, tape, pipe cleaners, sticky notes,

Play-doh, string, popsicle sticks, straws, colorful circular

stickers and more. At first glance, such a box might seem like

materials for summer camp, but the items were tools that

the students used to prototype designs. On the day that we

visited, students were using the materials to test their ideas

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The term “design thinking” was probably coined in the

1960s. IDEO, perhaps the company best known for

developing consumer products using design thinking

tools, was founded in 1991. Stanford University

launched the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design, better

known as the d.school, in 2005.


for a better study space. Using the items in that box, they

prototyped things as different as a calming spa space to a

smartphone application. According to Hank Yochum, associate

dean of academic affairs, “You could probably find a box

similar to that in many offices at Google, and there are a lot of

people over there making a lot of money using the tools we’re

teaching our students.”

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

Design thinking, Leake says, is a framework that allows

people who might not feel creative to come up with innovative

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

Penfield. “Anyone can use this process to work collaboratively

and come up with innovative ideas and breakthroughs that

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

is not often taught in a structured way.”

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

on a student’s GPA, but that’s by design, says Lynn Rainville,

dean of the College. “Solving problems is a process that by

definition involves failure,” she says. “We don’t want our

students to be afraid of that or to be concerned that failing to

solve an assigned problem will have a negative impact on their

grade. We want them to fail — and we want them to learn

from those failures.” In fact, taking risks and learning from

failures is one of the primary goals of the class.

Students in the class work in teams. Salvatore says the

notion of teams — not just “groups” — is important. For

students, group work can be an annoyance, but Salvatore

explained that the projects they were doing could not be actually

done by an individual — she used the example of raising

a barn: even if she wanted to, she could not build a barn by

herself, just like the projects the students were working on

in the class. Unlike a group, a team is a collection of people

focused on a common goal, and everyone on the team has a

sense of identity and a shared mission. During the course,

students worked in several teams, and some of the students

acknowledged that they didn’t always get along with other

team members, but that, too, is a learning experience in itself.

Learning to work with others wasn’t the only skill the students

learned. Because the first step in the process is empathy,

students had to learn to talk to someone and really listen to

what they had to say. While the students were practicing empathy,

they were also learning interviewing and listening skills

— and that’s before they’d solved any problems at all. CORE

110 gives students an opportunity to learn these skills so that

they’ll be prepared to go into the workforce and collaborate

with people of various skills and knowledge. And they’ll be

able to work effectively with those people and come up with

truly innovative solutions.








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

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

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

look at some case studies about how design thinking had led to innovative solutions.

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

systems for GE Healthcare. Dietz noticed that though his machines were technological

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

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

skills that helped him understand a human-centered approach to design.

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

turned the MRI machine into a pirate ship and after the voyage was complete, there was a

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

and the hospital had less need for anesthesiologists. Everybody won.

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

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

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

or obvious.

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TOONE ’53:

On the Road to Sweet Briar

We love it when guest writers submit stories

to the magazine. Here, Repps Hudson, brother

of Ginnie Toone ’53, tells us his sister’s story.

You can reach him at reppshudson@msn.com.


She couldn’t meet Rice University’s language requirements

for entering freshmen. So Virginia “Ginnie” Hudson Toone

’53 turned to Sweet Briar, from which her mother, Ida Virginia

von Sandmeyer, had graduated in 1917. Valedictorian of

her Carrollton, Mo., high school class, Ginnie had no problem

being admitted to her mother’s alma mater.

She became a physics major — the only one in her class and

a bold step for a woman in the 1950s — and spent 20 years

as an engineer for Sigma Instruments Inc. in South Braintree,

Mass., one of the high-tech companies of the day. After graduating,

Ginnie got higher-paying job offers from Bell Labs

and General Electric. Sigma “had a more appealing flavor,” she

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

heads of many departments, profit-sharing, year-end bonuses

and so on.”

She’s said she was fortunate to have worked at Sigma, where

she was a project supervisor like men who’d graduated from

MIT, Harvard and other elite schools. Early on, Ginnie was

working on “electrical contact problems such as their ability

to conduct current at very low voltages and their ability to

carry large surge currents without welding.” She graduated

to “designing magnetic amplifiers …, highly reliable low-level

[direct current] amplifiers used to monitor nuclear reactors”

at N-Reactor at the Hanford, Wash., nuclear complex on the

Columbia River.

Later, she helped develop photocells. At one time, she was

one of the country’s experts on that infant technology. “The

tricky part of the photocell was getting reliable production

to useful sensitivity,” she says. Years later, she set up a photocell

manufacturing line in Rio de Janeiro. She was the only



In this picture, taken several years after

graduating Sweet Briar, Virginia “Ginnie” Hudson

Toone ’53 stands by nuclear reactor safety

equipment she had worked on before it was

shipped to the now-decommissioned Hanford

Nuclear Works in Hanford, Wash.

student in some physics classes. She says she didn’t realize how

many unasked questions from other students she had missed

because she was in a tutorial.

In the 65 years since she graduated, Ginnie has returned to

campus several times. She’s long been a passionate supporter of

all things Sweet Briar. When the College was about to vanish

in 2015, she was devastated. Since her mother had died when

she was 3, Ginnie had long nourished an emotional tie to the

College. Long after she graduated, she found her mother’s

textbooks. Writing inside noted her mother had lived in room

212 of Grammer Hall, the same room Ginnie lived in one year.

It seemed like her mother’s spirit was watching over her.

Ginnie’s my big sister — half-sister; we share our father —

14 years older, my third parent, the one person who has raised

my sights, challenged me to get off the family farm and into the

world. I’ve done that, as a newspaper journalist who made a

living reporting and writing and traveling to countries far from

home — and teaching — for nearly 50 years.

As the Sweet Briar Reunion (May 31-June 2) approached,

Ginnie asked me to drive with her from my home in St. Louis

to the campus for a three-day visit. Eight of her classmates had

signed up to be there.

I said yes, even though the distance was nearly 1,200 miles

each way, almost all by interstate, through the green rolling

grasslands of Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, then the mountains

of West Virginia and Virginia. We were carrying precious

cargo: 12 red commemorative plates her mother had left her

showing Sweet Briar House and her mother’s blue Sweet Briar

signet ring, which Ginnie had worn for years.

She and I had done road trips before. In 1961, when I was 15,

I flew to Boston so we could drive in her 1959 baby-blue Triumph

TR-3 from Boston to our farm about 75 miles northeast

of Kansas City. I remember little, except that I was proud to be

sitting down low in her British sports car as we headed west on

U.S. 40 in that pre-interstate era. I could touch the pavement

while sitting in my seat beside Ginnie, who drove the whole

way. That was the summer Ernest Hemingway killed himself. I

remember seeing The Indianapolis Star by the door of a Howard

Johnson with my hero’s picture under a headline declaring

his self-destructive act. So, our recent road trip to Sweet Briar

was an honor for me. There we were, on the road again, learning

more about each other than either of us had known.

Ginnie Toone and her brother Repps Hudson

Many of the things I’ve achieved, I credit to Ginnie’s insistence

that I make the most of my life and talents. We are

coming to the end of our life’s journey and are reflecting more

on what we have done, why we did those things and what

they have meant for ourselves and our families. As we moved

around the campus from one event to another — usually by

van — I asked Ginnie: Did you live in this building? Did you

take a class here? Was this building here when you were a

student? The kid brother again bugging his big sister again.

We enjoyed the meals and what we learned, particularly

President Meredith Woo’s plans for reviving Sweet Briar and

preparing it for its unique role in educating women for the

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

back over Reunion weekend, two things stand out. First is

the way Ginnie and her classmates fell into close, comfortable

conversations about their lives today and years past. For

instance, her senior roommate in Gray Hall, Harriett Hodges

Andrews, of Statesville, N.C., told me, “Seeing Ginnie again

is the reason I came to this reunion.” Harriet remembered

“Doubtful Diplomacy,” the senior play Ginnie wrote with

Mary Littlejohn Belser of Auburn, Ala., and the performance,

which my parents didn’t make because of a snow storm in

eastern Tennessee. Many of these accomplished women had

been in touch with each other in the weeks before Reunion.

Then there was the hour we spent with two professors in the

engineering department, Dr. Hank Yochum and Dr. Bethany

Brinkman. I could see my engineer sister was following the

discussion closely. What she wanted to inspect, though, was

the machine shop where students make parts and tools with

their own hands. She heard there was no machinist on duty.

The young women students were learning to fashion things

themselves from metal. “I was so impressed that students

were taught how to use the machinery safely,” she says.

“Working on a milling machine or metalworking lathe is so

enabling to carry out one’s designs.”

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In March of 2015, Karen Hartnett ’70 heard

Sweet Briar College would be closing in the

same way most alumnae did — through email.

And like most of her Sweet Briar sisters, she

couldn’t believe it. “Most everybody started

calling their friends,” Hartnett, of Fulshear,

Texas, said. “No one could believe it. Sweet

Briar was always going to be there. It was


A month later, Hartnett was in Florida with her three

best friends from the Class of 1970: Kay Parham Picha,

Pam Piffath Still and Susan Lykes Mueller. For days, she

said, they sat on Mueller’s porch “talking and talking and

talking about ‘How could this happen?’”

In the 45 years since they’d graduated, Hartnett said the

foursome had been “very, very tight,” but they’d lost touch

with Sweet Briar. They didn’t go to Reunion. They didn’t

do what Hartnett called the “official stuff.” They just kept

close tabs on each other. “Who expects your college to

close?” she said. “It was crazy.”

Hartnett returned home determined to do something.

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


By 2015, Hartnett had been a human resources executive

for more than four decades. After a few years spent



working in Sweet Briar’s admissions and financial aid offices,

Hartnett left the College in the mid-1970s for New York,

where she worked in HR for Mobil Oil Corporation.

In the 70s, she said, Mobil was “intent on creating a much

more diverse workforce” and started recruiting from women’s

colleges and historically black colleges and universities.

They made a stop at Sweet Briar and met Hartnett. “I made

arrangements for Mobil to interview students and wound up

turning that connection into a job,” she said.

During her career, Hartnett worked in the banking and

financial services, energy and other industries. She served on

the executive management committees of four regional banks.

She helped take two companies public.

She also had a soft spot for nonprofit organizations — the

Houston Ballet Foundation, the San Jacinto Battleground

Conservancy and others — and has offered her services to

them at a rate she describes as “far, far less than my corporate


Shortly after returning home from the Florida trip, Hartnett

started working with Sweet Briar 2.0, a grassroots organization

of alumnae who were fighting to keep the College

alive. Also, by that time, three separate legal cases had been

launched in an effort to halt the school’s closure.

Considering herself more of an “organizational person and

manager” than a fundraiser, Hartnett wanted to help alumnae

prepare for what she hoped would be the eventual legal victory.

“What do we need to do to get the alumnae ready to be

helpful to Sweet Briar when we win the legal case?” she said.

“What needs to be in place so that the alumnae can be helpful

to the new administration?”

A negotiated settlement was reached in June 2015, enabling

Sweet Briar to stay open and make a go at survival. Soon

after, Hartnett got a call from then-president Phil Stone. He

needed help.

“Specifically, Phil said, ‘I need HR help. Can you come up

here and work with me?’” Hartnett recalled. “I called him

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

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

going on with your HR department, see if you have management

or staffing issues and if you have any real legal risk, and

I’ll help take the temperature for you at the College.’”

Within 24 hours, Hartnett was on a plane. She flew from

Houston to Charlotte, where her flight to Lynchburg — the

last of the day — was cancelled. In a rented car and without

her luggage, Hartnett drove from Charlotte to Sweet Briar,

stopping en route at a drugstore for makeup, a hairbrush, a

toothbrush and toothpaste.

Hartnett returned home

determined to do something.

“There had to be a way I could

plug in and be helpful.”

The next morning, wearing her travel clothes and her

drugstore makeup, Hartnett showed up at Stone’s office and

announced, “I’m Karen Hartnett and I’m here to help you.”

And help she did. Over the next 10 days, she gathered

information and did an audit of the HR department. She

talked with faculty and staff, and said the stories they told her

about the previous 10 or 15 years were shocking. “Nobody

knew what was happening,” she said. “We thought everything

was daisies and pink and green, but the College was slowly


After that initial visit, Hartnett returned to Sweet Briar a

few more times. Working from Texas, she helped Stone recruit

his senior leadership team. In the process, she and Stone

came to a conclusion:

“We realized pretty quickly, Phil and I, that we couldn’t

build ‘forever,’” she said. “We had to build for survival. We

hired all the people into the critical jobs, so the College could

stand up straight again. When Meredith [Woo] came in, she

had a strong platform to begin building the forever college.”

At Reunion this past June, the College formally recognized

Hartnett’s efforts with the Outstanding Alumna Award.

Claire Griffith ’80, senior director of alumnae relations and

development, presented the award and later called Hartnett

an “unsung hero” in the fight to save Sweet Briar.

Praising Hartnett, Stone said she was “more than my

advisor. She became a dear friend and confidante. She was

solicitous of my welfare and always supportive. She was truly

one of the heroes in the miraculous rescue and renewal of

Sweet Briar College.”

Recently, when asked about the College’s future, Hartnett

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

that “there’s no doubt in my mind that Sweet Briar will graduate

a Class of 2050. No doubt at all. We may have a couple

of rough years ahead of us and we can’t lose faith when things

are hard or difficult to do. We have to keep pressing forward

and I know we’ll be successful. We are Sweet Briar fierce!”

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on the


news & notes

around campus

Friends of Art Award Leads to




Thanks to the Friends of Art, recent Sweet Briar grad Alexa

Dahlin ’18 didn’t have to look far to find her dream internship.

Dahlin is the first recipient of the organization’s graduate

internship at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, an

international artists’ colony adjacent to campus.

A $5,000 stipend allowed the former business major with an

Arts Management Certificate to spend 10 weeks this summer

working on a number of projects with VCCA staff. One of

them: developing a plan and strategy for the VCCA’s upcoming

50th anniversary in 2021. A big chunk of her time was

spent compiling the center’s history.

“Being able to do some archival work is great because that has

always been an interest of mine,” Dahlin said when we spoke

with her over the summer. “I’m super happy that I’m getting

hands-on experience with that.”

She also worked with Kirsten McKinney, the VCCA’s director

of communications, on several other projects, including,

as McKinney put it, “magically” organizing a “tremendous

backlog of processed applications,” posting fliers around town,

helping out with the VCCA’s Open Studios in July and with

day-to-day operations such as greeting fellows in the office,

sitting in on staff meetings and keeping track of entries to the

VCCA’s annual Instagram contest.

“Much of what Alexa has done, to us, is a Herculean

achievement,” McKinney admitted. “Given our small staff and

demanding mission of providing creative space to 24 fellows at

any given time, certain tasks can fall by the wayside as we respond

to more immediate needs. We are so appreciative to the

Friends of Art for establishing this internship and for Alexa

and the time she has given to us this summer.”

Dahlin loved the variety, but that wasn’t the only thing: “One

of the most exciting parts about my internship is being able to

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

all my work experience I’ve had over the past four years, I have

never worked for a practically all-female staff. The open communication

and leadership are truly refreshing and remind me

a lot of the atmosphere at Sweet Briar.”

For Dahlin, this was internship number five. Focusing on the

arts has meant a steady buildup of skills, and she’s learned that

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

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

VCCA,” she explained. “Being at the VCCA this summer has

made me confident in my passion of being an arts advocate, as

well as working for a nonprofit organization.

“After I complete my internship at the VCCA, I am looking

to move south — either Birmingham or Atlanta — and work

in development or marketing in the nonprofit sector,” she said.

With a résumé like hers, that next step should be easy.



A group of Sweet Briar students visits the studio of a VCCA fellow

New Joint Sweet Briar & VCCA Fellowships

Sweet Briar College and the Virginia Center

for the Creative Arts, one of the nation’s

largest residential artist communities, have

long been collaborative partners. Now, they’re

also teaming up in the classroom, thanks to

the College’s innovative core curriculum and

brand-new fellowships for VCCA artists.

Through the College’s Center for Creativity,

Design and the Arts, a team of fellows will

teach an interdisciplinary section of Expression

and the Arts, the foundational arts course

in the College’s new core curriculum.

The course will take place during a threeweek

session — part of the College’s innovative

new calendar — in spring 2019. Center

director and professor of creative writing Carrie Brown,

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

fellowships will “give students brand-new models of what

it means to be creative and an exciting look at the fusion of

artistic disciplines.”

The opportunity to work with VCCA fellows will expand

the kind of experiences students will have in the classroom.

“Not only will students be exposed to new voices from

throughout the world, thereby enlarging and enriching the

academic community at Sweet Briar,” says Brown, “but they’ll

also have the opportunity to participate in an experience of

The entrance to VCCA

learning about and making art that will be unique. They’ll

collaborate with each other and with a team of distinguished

artists who themselves will be collaborating.”

Joy Heyrman, VCCA’s executive director, observes that this

is an exciting moment in VCCA’s partnership with Sweet

Briar College. “We are giving new form to the rich exchange

of creative thinking and creative production that has distinguished

a shared history of nearly 40 years,” she says. “VCCA

has been enriched by Sweet Briar’s support, collaboration

and proximity and we are looking forward to opening up new

avenues of creative exchange for our extended network of

artist fellows.”

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Rainville, Yochum Appointed

Dean & Associate Dean


Dean Lynn Rainville

Sweet Briar President Meredith Woo announced this summer

that the new dean of the College would be a familiar face:

Lynn Rainville.

Since taking over as acting dean in March, Rainville has

been exercising financial and administrative oversight of the

library, sponsored research, institutional effectiveness, the

Honors Program and study abroad. More recently, Rainville

also steered the “complex work of curricular realignment,”

Woo said. “She has been actively involved in faculty recruitment

and promoting excellence in research and teaching. As

historian, archaeologist and anthropologist, she will continue

to champion the centrality of the humanities and social sciences

in the liberal arts education at Sweet Briar. This mission

builds on her decade of public outreach as the director of the

Tusculum Institute, dedicated to local history and historic


Rainville has been a member of the Sweet Briar community

since 2001. After receiving her Ph.D. from the University of

Michigan in Near Eastern archaeology and spending more

than a decade directing projects in Turkey and Syria, she

has spent the past 17 years uncovering Virginia’s forgotten

histories, including research into African-American cemeteries,

enslaved communities, segregated schools, town poor

farms and the role Virginians played in World War I. Her

grant-funded work has appeared in four books and more than

two dozen articles. Rainville frequently shares her research

through lectures, online databases and social media.

“It is rare to find a scholar who can bridge this gap between

the academy and the public,” Woo wrote in a letter to the

community. “Her research demonstrates the importance of

the humanities in designing research to connect our shared

history to our common future.”

Engineering professor Hank Yochum is supporting Rainville

in his new capacity as associate dean. Yochum has been

a member of the Sweet Briar community since 2002. He

has taught courses in engineering and physics and led the

Margaret Jones Wyllie ’45 Engineering Program since 2007.

Yochum earned his Ph.D. in physics at Wake Forest University

and his B.S. at the College of Charleston. His research is

in photonics and nano-engineering, most recently focusing on

developing new processes to fabricate polymer-based optical


As director of the engineering program, Yochum led the first

accreditation review, which resulted in Sweet Briar becoming

one of only two women’s colleges in the country with an

ABET-accredited engineering program. Part of his work

included developing assessments of learning outcomes so

that faculty members can ensure students gain the skills and

knowledge to be successful and identify areas for improvement.

Together with program faculty, he founded Explore

Engineering, a series of spring, fall and summer courses that

has brought more than 500 high school women to campus to

create compelling, hands-on engineering projects.

Yochum has served as chair of the faculty senate and the

Personnel Committee. An advocate for undergraduate

research, he served as the director of the Honors Summer

Research Program and was an elected councilor for the physics

and astronomy division of the Council of Undergraduate

Research (CUR). As associate dean, Yochum’s duties include

being the point person for the Honors Program and institutional

assessment. While he remains involved with the engineering

program, Bethany Brinkman took over as director.

Associate Dean Hank Yochum works with participants at Explore








39 %


last year

Students from

22 states

and 6 countries

110 3.53 1098 42



compared to

79 last fall

mean grade

point average

compared to

3.34 last fall



compared to

1071 last fall



the College’s merit award

for the highest academic

achieving students

Source: Fall 2018 Sweet Briar College census. Oct. 1, 2018.

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Reunion 2018 welcomed more

than 450 alumnae and their

families back to Sweet Briar’s

campus, honoring those classes

ending in a “3” or an “8” and

celebrating the sisterhood of

generations of alumnae.




The weekend came with traditional events such as class picnics; special

dinners for those celebrating their 25th and 50th reunions; and Reunion

Convocation, during which classes received awards recognizing their

attendance as well as giving amounts and participation. The Alumnae

Alliance Council continued their now three-year tradition of a festival on

Saturday afternoon, which showcased the volunteer opportunities and

accomplishments of the council’s working groups.

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fall 2018



Survey Affirms


Values and the

Importance of Alumnae

Maggie Saylor Patrick '07


This summer, Sweet Briar sent a survey to its alumnae

to find out how they felt about where the College was

heading and what they wanted from their relationship

with the College in the future. Maggie Saylor Patrick ’07

was hired to lead the project and analyze the results. Here,

she shares her initial thoughts from that survey.

In 2017, Sweet Briar College welcomed

President Meredith Woo and

introduced her to us through a series

of letters, videos and events around the

country. At one of these events, Mary

Pope Hutson ’83, Sweet Briar’s vice

president for alumnae relations and development,

shared with me the College’s

belief that alumnae play a critical role in

fostering and sustaining Sweet Briar’s

success, as they have since the College’s


The overwhelming interest in our new

president and in the College’s future

made clear the need for an inclusive

and comprehensive review of the needs,

perspectives and hopes of the alumnae

community. I was delighted to be asked

to lead this process by executing an

alumnae-wide survey — the College’s

first in over 10 years.

Alumnae, with their usual Sweet Briar

gusto, responded by the hundreds with

significant representation from all decades

and locations. Beyond answering

the questions carefully and thoughtfully,

many alumnae spent significant time

and energy sharing stories, recollections,

hopes and desires. Some of you even

mailed in photos or articles pertaining

to your responses. It could not be clearer

that Sweet Briar alumnae continue

to be active thinkers who care greatly

about the future of their alma mater.

The Sweet Briar Board of Directors

and the Alumnae Alliance Council,

along with the Office of Alumnae

Relations and Development, will spend

significant time in the coming months

reviewing this data and creating plans

to act upon the information. We are

excited to share those insights and new

projects with you over the coming year

and will share additional details of the

survey responses over time. As we prepared

for publication of this magazine,

however, some key themes emerged

from the results and we were eager to

share them with you right away. The

first is that our alumnae are overwhelmingly

hopeful about Sweet Briar’s future

and proud of and grateful for their

experiences at the College.






Distributed to alumnae

in August of 2018.

Alumnae of all years and backgrounds

have affirmed these common

values: that Sweet Briar provides an

excellent, challenging education for

women that is grounded in the liberal

arts and in its small, close community.

It would seem these values are ones

in which the alumnae body and the

College administration are in strong

alignment. In announcing Sweet

Briar’s tuition and curriculum reset,

President Woo identified Sweet Briar’s

three most defining characteristics as

its rural location, its small size and

close community and its commitment

to educating future women leaders.

You also indicated a belief that

critical thinking, intelligence and

leadership are core aspects of the

Sweet Briar identity. As such, alumnae

also recognize the complicated path to


In open-ended responses to questions

about the curriculum and tuition reset,

alumnae indicated a sense of “holding

their breath.” Many of you reflected

the importance of the liberal arts and

of excellent, well-supported faculty,

and a recognition of the challenging

financial situation presented by the

near-closure and within the higher

education market in general. You

hope that the College will emphasize

growing enrollment, ensuring financial

viability and recruiting students who

are a good fit for Sweet Briar: smart,

talented, driven and eager to become a

part of our unique community.

As Sweet Briar embarks on its new

path, the College will face obstacles

and challenges. As alumnae, we may

especially struggle with this fact. New

interpretations of our identity may feel

unclear or uncomfortable. Your voices,

expressed through this survey and

across other forms of media, as well as

statements from the College, assure us

that Sweet Briar continues to embody

the ideals and values that we, as alumnae,


I believe in the character of Sweet

Briar women. I know that if we believe

in these common values and work

toward them with a common character

— as women of consequence — our

common goals cannot help but be

realized. I have faith in our future and

I look forward to sharing more results

with you from the alumnae survey in

the months ahead, and to the path

we will continue to forge together for

Sweet Briar’s success.

More results of the survey and information

about the implementation of

its findings will be released in future

issues of The Briar Wire and in the

spring issue of the Alumnae Magazine.

Thank you for participating!

Received more than

1,000 responses, electronic

and hard copy.

Alumnae of all ages

and backgrounds affirmed

that Sweet Briar provides

an excellent, challenging

education for women that

is grounded in the liberal

arts and its small, close



believe that

Sweet Briar’s

identity rests

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Sweet Work Weeks, which just finished its fourth year, has become an annual tradition

to bring alumnae and friends of the College back to serve as volunteers to keep Sweet

Briar beautiful. In the summer of 2018, more than 140 participants returned to campus

to weed, trim, paint, power wash, work in the library and celebrate the beauty of these

3,250 acres. Alumnae participants ranged from the Class of 1958 to 2018, and they

brought with them their classmates, family members and even a friend from Hollins.

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Teresa Pike Tomlinson ’87:

Charting a Fierce Legacy


One of the leaders in the Saving Sweet Briar movement, Teresa

Pike Tomlinson ’87 became chairwoman of the Sweet Briar College

Board of Directors in 2015 and just completed her three-year

term. The 69th mayor of Columbus, Ga., she has been named

among the “100 Most Influential Georgians” for the last six consecutive

years. We’re grateful to Mayor Tomlinson for all of her

hard work on behalf of the College and recently asked her to tell us

a little bit about her Sweet Briar story.

How did you find out about Sweet Briar?

A postcard in the mail. It was the most beautiful picture I

had ever seen and on the back it said something to the effect

of: Where we create women leaders. I didn’t even know there

was such a place. Needless to say, there was only one college

for me after that.

What was your major and what did you plan to do when

you graduated? Did you always intend a career in politics?

I double-majored in government and economics and

obtained a certificate in business management. I never had

any intention of going into politics until I decided to run for

mayor of Columbus, Ga., in 2010. I wanted to be a lawyer,

and I loved practicing law.

How did your SBC experience prepare you for your career?

My Sweet Briar education prepared me for all that I wanted

to do in life. It taught me to think and to love knowledge.

What is your favorite memory about your college days?

The campus, the women, the professors and the support and

encouragement to do big things.

Who was your favorite professor?

Not fair! There are too many to list. Probably Tom Gilpatrick

(government) or Chris Pikrallidas (economics).

What was it about your experience that led you to be such

an active voice for Saving Sweet Briar and your tenure on

the Board of Directors?

Sweet Briar offered a type of education that is particularly

relevant for today’s world and today’s women. We need Sweet

Briar now more than ever. I happened to have the skill and



experience that was useful to the effort to save Sweet Briar,

and I was honored to be part of the movement, along with too

many other soldiers to mention like Nancyellen Keane and

the entire Atlanta crew.

What are you most proud of in terms of your involvement

with the College?

Most people mention the 2015 commencement speech as

the effort I should be most proud of, and I am. However,

there have been so many other critical efforts along the way:

• Finding the higher education experts (General Charles

Krulak, Linda Flaherty-Goldsmith, John Gibb) who

would testify in the Saving Sweet Briar litigation and

give us the credentials to challenge the decision of the

prior Sweet Briar leadership;

• Instituting the “Tomlinson Challenge,” which started at

an Atlanta event and turned into a national fundraising

tidal wave, ultimately resulting in hundreds of alumnae

contributing millions of dollars in three- and five-year


• Working with the great Phil Stone, devoted faculty and

staff, and some awesome board members to reorganize

the College, retool our budget and get the word out to

prospective students that we were open for business so

the College could survive and thrive;

• Assuring that the stakeholders from alumnae to students

to faculty received transparency, respect and access to the

board through our bylaws; and

• Leading an incredible search process for our next

president, Meredith Woo, while maintaining a sense of

stability and steady leadership among our stakeholders

and the media.

I am grateful the commencement speech had that effect in

that moment and helped push the SSB movement to victory.

Yet, the truth is, as with any epic effort, many critical moments

and pivotal decisions occurred outside the reach of

the cameras and the microphones, and I am so very proud of


What about in your professional life?

As mayor, there are those achievements the media cites

like reducing crime and saving tax dollars, but the proudest

moment is when a 4-year old little girl looks at you and says:

“When I grow up, I want to be the ‘mayor.’”

How would you encourage other alumnae to get involved

with the College?

Continue to be engaged. Know about your alma mater. Never

lapse into the complacency we had before. A college is like

a living organism. We are all connected and we are each an

integral part of Sweet Briar’s success. Don’t forget that.

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USEF/Cacchione Cup Winner

Makayla Benjamin ’18




Jan Benjamin still remembers her daughter’s first

hunt trail ride. Makayla was about 4 years old,

she recalls, perched proudly on top of her pony,

Marshmallow. “How was it, Makayla?” the field

master asked her. Makayla sighed. “A little bit slow,”

she replied.

Seventeen years later, Makayla Benjamin ’18 would

be the first in her family — and the first Sweet Briar

student — to win the coveted Cacchione Cup, the

nation’s highest honor for a collegiate rider. It was the

first time she’d even qualified, during her senior year

at Sweet Briar.




Sweet Briar taught me how

to fight for something I love

and believe in, how to be

a good leader, how to face

challenges and overcome

them, how to be involved,

and how to manage it all.”

But her historic victory had been long in the making.

“Makayla started riding when she was a baby,” Jan says. “I

would put her in front of me on a horse, between my arms.”

It’s no surprise the two have been best friends ever since,

bonding over their shared passion. Jan herself had owned

horses since she was a child, so they’d been a staple of the

Benjamin family and their home in Lucketts, Va., from the


There might not have been a Benjamin family without horses

— after all, it’s how Jan met her husband, Andrew: The

two competed together on Purdue University’s Intercollegiate

Horse Shows Association team when Jan was a freshman.

Andrew graduated the next year, but as soon as Jan finished

college, they got married. Seeing their former Purdue coach

again at this year’s IHSA nationals — and grabbing him for a

group photo with Makayla — was “really neat,” Jan says.

Did she expect Makayla to win the Cacchione Cup? Nope.

“I mean, it’s the top riders in the country,” Jan says. “I was

hoping for her to be in the top 10, you know. When we were

there watching it, and once they announced the fourth-place

rider, I turned to my friend and said, ‘She won it.’ I knew the

other two riders, and I had taken notes through all of the

classes. I was like: ‘She won it. They can’t beat her.’”

“We were all shocked and crying for joy,” Andrew Benjamin

says. “All I could think of was, ‘What a year, and this is the

best possible way to cap her college career!’”

Makayla was 5 when she entered her first horse show. Jan

didn’t want her to show until she asked to do it. “It was more

important for her to learn how to ride, and how to take care

of horses first,” Jan explains.

And Makayla did.

“I think I was so involved with horses from the get-go that

each moment just reassured my interest in horses and the

sport,” she says. “I liked to be able to see my own progress

with a horse. It was always challenging and frustrating, but so

rewarding at the same time. I think being able to work with

horses my entire life gave me such an appreciation for being

patient and humble. And I loved that about them, so I think

just being able to learn so much about them developed my

deep interest in them.”

Makayla showed ponies for several years and competed in

the Pony Finals when she was 11 and again when she was 14.

Soon after, she moved on to horses and throughout high

school, learned the ropes of equine care as a working student

at Gavin Moylan Stables. At 16, Moylan put her in charge

of all the horses he left at home while going to Florida for

the winter. “He had a horse that was pretty much broken

mentally, that no longer would jump,” Jan remembers. “That

was her project over the winter — to work with him and get

him going again.” By the time Moylan returned, his horse was

jumping just fine. Makayla kept the horse from December

until August and, in partnership with Moylan, made enough

money selling it to import a new horse from Germany.

In order to work with her new horse, Makayla completed

her high school credits early and spent her final semester in

Florida. Then the Benjamins sold the horse and she was off to

Andrew Benjamin speaking at Founders’ Day convocation

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Sweet Briar — a place she had fallen in love with as a flower

girl when she was 6 years old. A few campus visits confirmed

it was still as magical as her memory. And that magic continued.

“My experience at Sweet Briar was phenomenal,” Makayla

says. “I will forever cherish the friendships I made there, and

the relationships I had with my professors, who were always

so supportive. The entire environment truly made it seem

like you could accomplish anything you dedicated yourself to.

Sweet Briar taught me how to fight for something I love and

believe in, how to be a good leader, how to face challenges and

overcome them, how to be involved, and how to manage it all.”

Her first semester was a blur of equitation finals, with little

time for academics. She was planning to catch up over the

summer, her mother remembers, to make sure she’d be in

good shape to major in engineering. And then March 3, 2015,

happened: Halfway into her second semester, Makayla — and

everyone else in the Class of 2018 — found out the College

was closing. Or was it? Makayla took action. On April 20,

she and one other student filed a lawsuit against Sweet Briar’s

previous board.

Her father, now vice chair of the current board of directors,

remembers it well. “When she testified in court and was asked

to explain her thoughts about the closure, the first thing she

said was, ‘I have lost my home.’ To me that made it worth

fighting for in earnest,” he says.

While painful, the near-closure and subsequent saving of

the College played a huge role in Makayla’s personal development.

“I did not know that I was going to have to take the

stand, but I am so thankful that I did because it helped me

to believe that I could fight for something, and I would be

heard,” she says.

The summer’s uncertainty put her behind academically, so

Makayla had to change course: She dropped her engineering

major to a minor and went for a mathematical economics

major instead, with another minor in business. But she’s glad

she was able to stay at Sweet Briar. So is Jan.

“We looked at other colleges, and all it confirmed for us was

that [with] Sweet Briar, we made the right choice the first


And 2015 wasn’t over yet for Makayla. That winter, she

qualified for the AIEC-SRNC World Finals in Marburg,

Germany — as one of three riders on Team USA. And she

ended up winning the show jumping competition. Back home,

then-President Phil Stone organized a special awards ceremony

to greet the champion. “President Stone was amazingly

supportive,” Makayla remembers. “I was overwhelmed by all

the support from my classmates, alumnae, board of directors

and parents, and I wanted to do all I could to help the school

be recognized.”

Over the next few years, Makayla did just that: She won lots

of ribbons and was crowned high-point rider at nearly every

IHSA show. Her parents were right there, cheering her on.

She became part of Sweet Briar’s first National Collegiate

Equestrian Association team in 2017, competing as the only

Division III school against Division I schools. And each year,



“My parents are

the biggest influence on

my life. They are such

a wonderful example of

everything I want to

be throughout my

life. They have always

encouraged me to work

hard for what I want,

fight for what is right,

and remember to stay

grounded while

I do it all.”

- Makayla Benjamin ’18

Makayla Benjamin with her parents and the Cacchione Cup

she’d always be just short of qualifying for IHSA nationals.

But her Sweet Briar experience was about so much more than

just ribbons.

“The riding program was always very supportive of me and

helped me to emerge as a leader on the teams,” Makayla says.

“Honestly, the skills I learned being a team leader have stuck

with me the most.”

Nevertheless, when she rode to victory in May, it was a

moment she had been waiting for her entire life.

“Winning the Cacchione Cup for me was like the fairytale

ending to my college riding career,” Makayla says. “It truly

helped me recognize that hard work and determination can

pay off in the most incredible ways possible. I was ecstatic

to finally have made it to the national final. It was three long

years of fighting it to the bitter end and being just short of

it each time. And when I was there, I just wanted to leave it

all out there. In the moment, I just wanted to give the horse

I was on the best ride I could, so that it would leave the ring

more confident than it walked in. The overlying motivation

was that I wanted to prove that Sweet Briar was still around

and still relevant. That the attempted closure hadn’t shaken us

in our renowned riding program. That was my motivation.”

Since her historic win, Makayla has been working as a

wrangler at Bitterroot Ranch in Wyoming with her friend

and classmate Courtney Barry, who found the job online —

a dream job for both. When she’s done, she’ll head back to

Germany to work for two months at the riding facility in

Marburg-Dagobertshausen before she starts her first “normal”

job in accounting back in the U.S.

“I think I am in a fascinating place in my life and career,”

Makayla notes. “I have had wonderful opportunities, but also

time to explore what I want to dedicate my time to. I will be

exploring many more opportunities to decide which one suits

me best!”

And who knows what might come next? Winning the

Cacchione Cup has definitely given her an extra push. “It

reignited my big fat dream of going to the Olympics — and

believing in myself that I could get there with more hard work

and determination,” Makayla says.

There’s no doubt in her mother’s mind she’ll find her way. It’s

in her personality.

“She has always been an old soul and extremely comfortable

in her own skin,” Jan says. “She doesn’t care what other people

think. She does what she wants to do and doesn’t let anything

get in her way. I think a lot of that, too, is Sweet Briar.”

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Dorothy Barnum Venter ’35 came to Sweet Briar

from Connecticut in the middle of the Depression.

She now lives in a retirement community, where she

enjoys visits from two children, eight grandchildren,

13 great-grandchildren and Ellie Plowden Boyd ’74,

who kept her informed during the Saving Sweet Briar

days. We thank her for sharing her memories of her

time at the College. These are her words.

Dorothy Venter in her junior year at Sweet Briar






My best friend wanted to go to Wellesley, so I

thought I should go to Wellesley, too. Then all

of a sudden, in the spring of my senior year in

high school, I decided I would like to go somewhere else. My

mother went to play bridge with some friends, and one of

them was Charlotte Alford MacVicar ’26, who had gone to

Sweet Briar. Charlotte had loved Sweet Briar and told Mother

I should look into Sweet Briar. I talked to Charlotte on the

phone a few times and that’s how I decided to go. In those

days, I didn’t even get a visit. I just decided to go.

I got to Sweet Briar by train. Mother put me on a sleeper in

New York to go down to Sweet Briar, and I got there in the

morning. I was put into a suite with a junior and a senior and

was overcome, being a new little freshman. The dean then put

me in Manson with a sophomore whose roommate had not

come back, and she turned out to be my roommate until she

graduated and became my very good friend — Emily Marsh

Nichols ’34.

We didn’t do much on weekends. If you knew boys at

Washington and Lee, VMI or the University of Virginia,

you’d go visit them, but I didn’t happen to know any, so I had

kind of a dull time with dating down there. Mostly we stayed

on campus, made do with being there and enjoying what you

did in college: studying, hiking, whatever. We used to hike

to a house in Amherst where we were served tea. We went

on the road, about two miles; there wasn’t a lot of traffic on

the road in those days. We also would hike to a mission and

deliver supplies to the people who lived nearby.

I played field hockey and was a member of Paint and Patches.

I wrote articles for the Sweet Briar News almost every

week — often reviews of lecturers who came to the College.

By my senior year, I was the assistant editor.




Quad Road in 1935

I was also in the dance group, and my senior year I was head

of lake, and I was in charge of all things going on on the lake.

I used to swim in the lake, although it was muddy, and people

didn’t really like to do that. The main thing I had to do was to

run sort of a regatta at the end of the year — each class had a

float and there was a faculty committee that awarded prizes.

Meta Glass was president of the College. I admired her

immensely; she was a very good president. There were about

450 students total; the goal was 500 students.

I majored in psychology and philosophy. I took a lot of philosophy

courses from Lucy Crawford and psychology courses

from Elizabeth Moller, English from Ethel Ramage and art

from Miss Virginia McLaws — I think she was the daughter

of a Confederate general* in the Civil War. I took all of the art

Sweet Briar offered, and Miss McLaws was very good. I have

maintained my interest in all of these fields, as I read a great

deal, and it shapes my thinking today.

[After graduating] I was a bookkeeper at a bank, taking care

of accounts. I knew I didn’t have much of a future there. It

The Reading Room of Mary Helen Cochran Library in 1935

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was still the midst of the Depression, but I was able to live at

home. I wouldn’t have been able to survive on my salary if I

hadn’t been able to live at home. I saved my pennies and went

to a small secretarial school in NYC and learned typing and

shorthand. That’s what it was like then, to get a job I had to

go to secretarial school.

In my day, there were

no openings for women

unless you knew shorthand

and typing. And

actually, I hardly ever

used my shorthand. I had

always thought it would

be lovely to be a secretary

for a professor at Yale. So

I wrote to Yale, hoping

I’d get a job. I ended up

getting a job at Sterling

Memorial Library at

Yale, working in the serial

records department, handling

the publications of

other universities.

I have given to the Annual Fund every

year and attended Reunion. My last was

in 2005. Attending Sweet Briar was a

good experience. It is such a beautiful

place, and I was very susceptible to it. I

loved the countryside, and I would not

have gone to a college in the city. I made

some good friends. I am grateful for that

experience, grateful for my teachers.

At the beginning of my senior year,

I had an extra hour that I didn’t know

what I was going to take. My advisor,

Lucy Crawford, said, “Well, you have

taken all of this art. Don’t you think it

might be wise to take a music appreciation

course?” So I took the course and

learned a great deal. After I graduated

from college and was working at the

bank, a friend of mine was going to the Woolsey Hall Concert

Series at Yale University and asked me if I’d like to go, too.

Well, if I hadn’t taken the music course, I never would have

considered going, but I did. They had already gotten their

tickets, and I would have to sit alone. I called the box office

and there were only two seats left at the price I wanted to pay.

I asked the girl at the box office which was the better seat, and

Clockwise from left: Dorothy Venter’s senior portrait; Mary Helen Cochran Library in 1935; Lillian

Cabell, Ethel Shamer and Dorothy Venter from the 1935 Briar Patch

she thought the balcony seat was better, so I took that. I sat

next to a couple—the man eventually became my husband. I

often think, if I hadn’t taken that music course and if I hadn’t

taken that particular seat, I never would have met him.

* She was the daughter of Confederate Major General Lafayette McLaws.




2018-19 Sweet Briar Fund Priorities:

You Make the Difference

The 2017-18 fiscal year marked another year of unprecedented support

for the Sweet Briar Fund, or the College’s unrestricted giving program.

With a total of $18.4 million raised, $13,077,000 was for current funds,

$4.5 million was made in future-year pledges and the remainder consisted

of contributions to Sweet Briar’s endowment, which continues to increase

in scope and in its diversified investments.

This past fiscal year marks the third year that alumnae, parents, faculty,

staff, students, foundations, corporations and friends have provided

extraordinary levels of support for their college. In her year-end message to

alumnae and donors, Mary Pope M. Hutson ’83, vice president for alumnae

relations and development, said, “I’m in awe of the generosity of our

alumnae and friends. Their generosity not only ensures that we’ll be able to

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continue to educate fierce women,

but also that we’ll be able to be

a leader in the future of higher


Corporate and foundation giving

increased by 15 percent over

fiscal year 2016-17. Highlights in

notable foundation giving include

a grant provided by the Lettie

Pate Whitehead Foundation and

renewed commitments by the Andrew

W. Mellon Foundation, the

Jessie Ball DuPont Fund and the

Roller-Bottimore Foundation. In

addition, the College continues to build streams of auxiliary

revenue. The 2017-18 fiscal year saw a major refresh of The

Florence Elston Inn & Conference Center. The funding for

the refresh was made possible by an endowed fund.

The impact of giving on the College is broad. Donations

allowed Sweet Briar to renovate several residence halls and

volunteer hours provided by alumnae as part of Sweet Work

Weeks extended the impact of those dollars. Gifts last fiscal

year made the Living With Art Initiative possible, enabling

students to select pieces from the College’s art collection to be

hung in their residence hall rooms. This program continues

in fiscal year 2018-19. A grant by the Judith Haskell Brewer

Fund of The Community Foundation Serving Richmond

and Central Virginia supports the College’s environmental

programs, providing support for a student internship and its

community garden. More than 250 scholarship funds bolster

the College’s recruiting efforts.

As the College’s financial health improves, the reliance on

revenue from fundraising decreases. For the 2018-19 fiscal

year, the College’s goal for unrestricted funds is $10 million,

or 39 percent of its projected budget. This is down from its

all-time high of 82 percent in 2015-16.

The alumnae relations and development office continues

to implement strategies based in major gifts and leadership

annual gifts, corporate and foundation relationships and by

supporting class leaders who reinforce the messages of the

College to urge classmates to continue making their best gifts

every year, not just in their anniversary reunion years.

Each year, the Sweet Briar Fund provides the all-important

core support that enables the College to create and maintain

an environment in which excellence can thrive, underwriting

“I’m in awe of the

generosity of our

alumnae and friends.

Their generosity not only

ensures that we’ll be able

to continue to educate

fierce women, but also

that we’ll be able to be

a leader in the future of

higher education.”

— Mary Pope M. Hutson ’83

scholarships, a distinguished professoriate,

stewardship of the land

and facilities, and now, a groundbreaking

academic framework that

U.S. News and World Report has

ranked as among the most innovative

in the nation.

No matter the year, no matter

the goal, and no matter what

compels alumnae and friends of

the College to make their gifts, one

fact remains the same: every gift

matters. An unrestricted gift to

the Sweet Briar Fund is the greatest

demonstration of confidence and trust in the College

that any alumna or friend can show to Sweet Briar.

Priorities for the 2018-2019 Sweet Briar Fund

With the start of the 2018-19 academic year, President Woo

and members of the Board and President’s Cabinet identified

priorities essential to Sweet Briar’s continuing renewal,

strength and position as a leader and innovator in liberal arts


Every gift made to the Sweet Briar Fund will directly

impact the College’s capacity to:

• Launch activities for each of Sweet Briar’s centers of

excellence. For example, the College has launched a new

partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Center

for Innovative Technology to demonstrate projects

in sustainable agriculture. The Center for the Arts, Creativity

and Design is welcoming well-known authors,

like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Beth Macy, to

campus to discuss their writing. Other activities are sure

to follow as these centers become more established over

the next year.

• Recruit the next generation of Sweet Briar women.

The College is implementing a number of marketing

activities — print and digital — to tell the Sweet Briar

story. These nationwide efforts feature the award-winning

“Fierce” campaign and deploy the College’s staff

as well as alumnae admissions ambassadors to achieve

Sweet Briar’s goal of 20-25 percent enrollment growth

each year over the next four years.


• Successfully implement 10 new courses comprising

the leadership core curriculum. The core is supported

by both resident and visiting faculty who are deploying

the latest teaching methods. These faculty members are

continually assessing and refining to ensure students are

not only having an amazing experience while at the College,

but are also prepared for their futures. Of course,

the leadership core will not only benefit students who

are on campus today, but will also lay a sound foundation

for future classes of Sweet Briar women.

• Conscientiously care for the campus’s natural and

built environment. Sweet Briar’s campus is one of its

most valuable assets, and the College is committed to

stewarding and maintaining it. College leadership is

pursuing a comprehensive plan for the campus that

will focus on issues of deferred maintenance, address

the needs of a growing student body and align capital

expenditures with Sweet Briar’s strategic vision.

• Address the needs of the “whole student.” There’s more

to college than what students learn in the classroom.

The Office of Student Life supports programs and

activities beyond the classroom that help students cultivate

wellness, engagement and a sense of community,

from service projects in Amherst County to gatherings

and special events with neighboring colleges, to reactivating

the College’s Outdoor Program.

Your gift to the Sweet Briar Fund will support all of these

initiatives and help make sure that Sweet Briar College is

prepared to meet the needs of every student and is an example

to colleges around the nation.

To make a gift to the Sweet Briar Fund, visit sbc.edu/give.

Making a monthly gift to Sweet Briar allows you to support

the College throughout the year. To make a gifts of securities

or a wire transfer, call 800-381-6131. Should you need a gift

agreement established for a pledge, our gift officers will be

happy to set up any reminders for you to support the College

before June 15, 2019.

What Can You Do to Support

Sweet Briar?

• Make a gift to the Sweet Briar Fund

• Wear your Sweet Briar colors

• Tell your Sweet Briar story

• Sign up to be an admissions ambassador

• Recruit a student

• Read the latest news at sbc.edu/news

Make Your Gift

sbc.edu/give • 800-381-6131

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On May 12, 2018, 61 new graduates of Sweet Briar joined

the ranks of some 14,000 alumnae. Three recipients of the

M.A.T. degree processed across the stage in the Quad with

these women; all of them received a charge from President

Meredith Woo as they embarked on the next steps of their


“As I stand here, I am reminded that sometimes where you

study is as important as what you study,” she said. “As the

Class of 2018, you studied at a place which is a significant

part of American cultural history. … Sweet Briar is an important

American legacy. Year after year after year, it produced

women of strength and talent — women who carried

all before them, in their families and communities, always

being ‘useful members’ of their societies as in Indiana Fletcher

Williams’s charge to us.”

She continued: “Cherish the history and beauty of this

place, and carry it in your heart. Remember all the things you

loved here — your long walks, the horse whispers, the mist

that rises over lakes, the shouts from the bleachers — that

helped form who you are today. With the exquisite sensibility

formed in these beautiful surroundings, and the capacity for

love and hope that you have shown, may you go forth, touch

many lives and change them for the better.”

The Class of 2018 is as fierce as any. From Cassie Fenton,

who is pursuing a master’s degree in musicology at the University

of Oxford; to Mackenzie Crary, who has stayed in the

Amherst, Va., area working at GoMeasure3D making 3-D

CAD models; to Jessie Meager, who is now earning a master’s

degree at the University of Virginia in architectural history;

these alumnae are showing the world what Sweet Briar women

are made of.

These young women, who bravely began their sophomore

year in the fall of 2015, have been shaped by Sweet Briar at a

critical moment in her history. As senior class president Annabeth

Griffin said, “We are so proud to become alumnae; we

are so proud to join the warrior women who came before us.

Wonder Woman has nothing on them, although she would

totally fit in here.”



Alumnae Artists

Come Together for Show

Mimi Holland Dinsmore ’86 has had a career in arts administration,

thanks in part to the arts management certificate she

earned while a student at Sweet Briar. She’s worked in galleries

and museums in Washington, D.C., Mississippi and London.

Most recently, she has served as the gallery director and a guest

curator at The Art Store in Charleston, W.Va. As part of her

work there, she had the opportunity to curate a show for Elisabeth

“Dolly” Wallace Hartman ’53.

Hartman earned a master’s degree from Marshall University

in 1990 and has studied at the Arts Students League in New

York City, the Madison School of Art in Connecticut and

Columbus School of Art in Ohio. She has participated in numerous

workshops led by noted American artists such as Wolf

Kahn, Katherine Liu and Charles Reid. She has a lengthy

exhibition history of solo and group shows around the county

and has won numerous awards in juried exhibitions. Her work

is held in a number of public and private collections, including

at West Virginia University, Farnsworth Library, Morgantown,

W.Va.; Marshall University Graduate Center, South Charleston,

W.Va.; Glenwood Estate in Charleston, W.Va.; and the

Charleston Area Medical Center in Charleston, W.Va. Sweet

Briar also owns several of her pieces.

Dinsmore extended an invitation to Hartman and her daughter,

Mary, an accomplished artist in her own right, to do a joint

show. Together, Dolly and Mary created new works for a show

called “Lines and Lineage.” Mother and daughter made two individual

bodies of work, but the pieces are linked through the

relationship the women share, as well as their use of line. Their

approach “allows for spontaneous dialogues between strong

linear marks and the powerful use of negative space,” according

to the official description of the show.

“The show reflects maternal lineage and an artistic lineage as

seen in their expressive use of line work,” Dinsmore said. “The

near sell-out show was very well received. Dolly's gracious

manner and everlasting talent really is an inspiration to all who

come in contact with her.”

A Better Way to Stay Connected

This fall, Sweet Briar will introduce alumnae and friends of

the College to iModules, a new platform on the College’s website

for engagement and giving. Powered by Encompass, this

platform exchanges data with Banner, the alumnae relations

and development office’s database, ensuring that records in

the Alumnae Directory continue to stay up to date and are

available in a user-friendly, accessible way.

The College embarked on a search for a new platform for

alumnae and friends in the fall of 2017. Taking into consideration

Sweet Briar’s existing systems and needs for alumnae

to be able to engage with the College and with each other, the

alumnae relations and development office evaluated several

different software products and services. Ultimately, the

choice was clear when iModules made their demonstration,

as it uses the College’s existing technology while also being

user-friendly for alumnae and friends.

The first phase of the project migrates the existing alumnae

relations and development website to a microsite. In addition

to finding information about alumnae clubs, class leaders,

admissions ambassadors and publications for alumnae and

friends, the site will have two giving forms (one for unrestricted

gifts and one for restricted gifts) and will have two

additional modules to generate excitement about giving: Days

of Giving and Crowdfunding. Each of these components will

allow alumnae and supporters to follow fundraising progress

toward goals in real time, which is especially exciting for

days like #GivingTuesday (Nov. 27, 2018) and Sweet Briar’s

March Days of Giving (March 1-10, 2019).

In addition to fundraising information, alumnae will be able

to see a listing of upcoming alumnae club events around the

country and register for ones nearby. In future phases, classmates

will be able to email each other directly from the new

alumnae portal and can submit their class notes there.

As Sweet Briar implements the new alumnae platform

throughout the fall, alumnae should make sure the College

has their most updated information.

Vsit sbc.edu/alumnae-development/update-yourinformation

or call the alumnae relations and

development office at 800-381-6131.

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In Memoriam:

Renowned Monarch Butterfly Expert Lincoln

Brower Dies, But His Legacy Lives On


The Sweet Briar community was saddened to learn of the

death of Lincoln Brower, a world-renowned entomologist and

research professor at the College. Brower died peacefully at

his home in Nelson County in July after an extended illness.

Brower came to Sweet Briar in 1997 after retiring from the

University of Florida as Distinguished Service Professor of

Zoology, Emeritus, joining his wife and research collaborator,

Dorys McConnell Duberg Professor of Ecology Linda Fink.

Born in New Jersey on Sept. 10, 1931, he was well-known internationally

for his research on the chemical and physiological

ecology of monarch butterflies, and was an ardent conservationist

on their behalf. He worked tirelessly to protect the

monarch’s overwintering habitat in Mexico, raising awareness

through his research reports and dozens of interviews with

national and international media organizations.

“I feel keeping it on the front page is really important,” he

said in a 2013 interview for the Sweet Briar Magazine. “To

me, the monarch is a treasure like a great piece of art. We

need to develop a cultural appreciation of wildlife that’s equivalent

to art and music and so forth.”

During his two decades at Sweet Briar, his work also provided

unique opportunities for students, exposing them not only

to the rigors of field and laboratory research but to the scientist’s

role as a communicator. But to students and colleagues

alike, Brower was more than “just” a scientist.

“His prodigious and pivotal contributions to biology were

exceeded only by his humility,” says John Morrissey, a longtime

professor of biology at Sweet Briar. “In fact, I knew him

for two to three years before I realized that he was the Lincoln

Brower who had authored all those amazing papers that I

read as a student! He was simply too warm, too generous,

too gregarious and too thoughtful to be that famous! Simply

stated, he is one of the finest humans that I have ever met.”

Morrissey says he’ll especially remember Brower’s “infectious,”

“unfettered enthusiasm” for the natural world. He

recalls the first time he had dinner at Brower’s home, eagerly

awaiting an evening of interesting conversation about insect

biology. “Instead, he chose to show me a small sampling of

his collection of geodes, complete with his poetic, awe-struck,

nearly tearful description of their beauty,” Morrissey remembers.

“To me, the only thing more beautiful than the accumulation

of crystals lining the cavities of those rocks was the

joy that Lincoln exuded while sharing them with me. I am a

better person for being inspired by him.”

Brower’s impressive career began in 1953, when he received

a B.S. in biology from Princeton University. At Yale University,

he worked with Charles Remington, earning his Ph.D.

in zoology in 1957. A Fulbright Fellowship allowed him to

spend a year in E.B. Ford’s ecological genetics lab at Oxford

University before joining the biology department at Amherst

College, where he rose from instructor to the Stone Professor

of Biology. In 1980, he moved to the zoology department at

the University of Florida.

Brower authored or coauthored more than 200 scientific

papers and produced eight films. His early research on insect

adaptive coloration led to collaborations with chemists and


ecologists in exploring the chemical

ecology of milkweeds, monarch butterflies

and bird predators.

When the winter location of eastern

monarch butterflies was announced

by National Geographic in 1976,

Brower’s focus turned to studying the

extraordinary winter colonies and to the

microclimatic protection provided by

the forests. On his first visit to Mexico

in 1977, he recognized that the colonies

could be lost to deforestation, and his

work expanded to include conservation

of this endangered phenomenon.

It was during one such visit in 2005

that he met Medford Taylor, a renowned

photojournalist who now

teaches at Sweet Briar College. Taylor

had decided to photograph the monarch

butterfly sanctuaries in Michoacán.

Brower connected him with the right

people, Taylor says, in addition to briefing

him on his work.

“I was fortunate to climb and ride

horses up the mountains to those

colonies with Lincoln [after that],”

Taylor recalls. “Standing in those fir

tree forests bursting with millions of

butterflies with this world-renowned

scientist was a spiritual experience for

me. Lincoln never talked about Lincoln;

it was always about his work, photography,

politics, the environment — and

he listened. He was a gentle soul, a man

of high intellect and a gentleman of the

highest order. I feel honored and very

humbled to have called him friend. His

work and his spirit will live on.”

Brower conducted field and laboratory

research to understand the monarch’s

habitat requirements, worked with conservation

organizations and government

agencies to design the monarch butterfly

reserves, and encouraged the public to

care about monarchs through innumerable

public lectures and consulting for

dozens of articles, books and documentaries.

In 2013, President Jimmy Carter

joined him on a visit to Mexico to learn

more about the monarchs — one of

the highlights of his life, Brower said.

In 2015, Brower was a signatory on the

petition to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Service to designate the monarch butterfly

as a threatened species.

Brower’s awards include the E.O.

Wilson Award of the Center for Biological

Diversity, Reconocimiento a la

Conservacion de la Naturaleza from the

Mexican federal government, the Marsh

Award of the Royal Entomological

Society, the Wilbur Lucius Cross Medal

from Yale, the Henry Bates Award of

the Association for Tropical Lepidoptera,

the Distinguished Animal Behaviorist

Award of the Animal Behavior

Society and the Linnaean Medal for

Zoology. He was a fellow of the Royal

Entomological Society and Explorers

Club, the Entomological Society of

America, an honorary life member

of the Lepidopterists’ Society, and a

research associate of the Smithsonian

Institution and the McGuire Center

for Lepidoptera at the University of


Brower is survived by his wife, two

children, two grandchildren, his brother,

three German shepherds and two

cats. His professional family includes

research collaborators, former graduate

and undergraduate honors students

and conservation professionals around

the world. A celebration of his life was

held at Sweet Briar’s butterfly research

garden in September.

fall 2018





Margaret Milam McDermott

May 3, 2018


Arnold Susong Jones

December 16, 2016


Dorothy Langdon Timmons

August 25, 2018


Olive Whittington Ehrich

September 8, 2015

Eleanor “Ellie” Snow Lea

August 26, 2018


Betty Farinholt Cockrill

May 22, 2018

Lucille Randall Southerland

May 3, 2012


Anne Macfarlane Clark

July 8, 2018

Nancy Ellen Feazell Kent

April 19, 2018

Sally Martin Manning

April 26 2018


Lucy-Charles Jones Bendall

September 5, 2018


Shirley Small Edwards

August 23, 2018

Aimee Des Pland McGirt

June 25, 2018

Suzanne Fitzgerald Van Horne

June 29, 2018


Nancy Ellen Craig Carter

June 6, 2015

Mary Goode “Goodie” Geer DiRaddo

May 29, 2018

Sarah Gay Lanford

June 25, 2018

Margaret Towers Talman

September 5, 2018

Anne Fiske Thompson

July 10, 2018

Nancy Jones Worcester

April 27, 2018


Frances Martin Lindsay

August 5, 2018

Julia Freels Chwalik

January 4, 2018

Sally Lane Johnson

July 31, 2018

Elsie Landram Layton

June 6, 2018

Louise Streeter Smith

May 16, 2018


Julie Micou Eastwood

Date unknown

Jean Duerson Bade

June 19, 2018


Mary Barcus Hunter

August 15, 2018

Jane Ramsay Olmsted

July 14, 2018


Anne Elliott Caskie

April 22, 2018

Martha Moore Cuenod

May 23, 2018

Caroline Miller Ewing

September 8, 2018


Marcia “Sandy” Rhodes Berglund

April 30, 2018


Patricia Lodewick

May 25, 2018

Elynor “Suzy” Neblett Stephens

August 13, 2018

Jane Rather Thiebaud

April 29, 2018


Elizabeth “Beth” Mears Kurtz

August 13, 2018


Ann Smith Heist

Date unknown

Trudie Jackson Smither

Oct. 19, 2016


Suzanne Taylor Gouyer

August 25, 2018


Judith Abernethy Kyle

December 3, 2017


Carol Crowley Karm

June 29, 2018

Cynthia “Cinnie” Hooton Magowan

August 23, 2018


Jillian Cody Jones

June 5, 2018


Edith “Edie” Duncan Wessel

January 22, 2018


Gwendolyn Ferguson Bates

February 1, 2018

Lucinda Young Larson

January 11, 2018


Laura-Hope Walton Griffin

May 1, 2013

Gale Hirst

September 3, 2018


Anna Carter Kendall

June 6, 2018


Kelly “Pepper” Coggshall

September 23, 2018


Rebecca Arkus

June 21, 2018


Meredith Haga Fox

July 20, 2018




Linda McKoy Stewart

18 Osprey Lane

Rumson, NJ 07760


A note for our 1947 graduates

from Mary Ames Booker ’82: I

would like to share that my Aunt

Suzanne Fitzgerald VanHorne ’47

passed away in June at the age of 92.

She majored in art history and was a

fine pianist and did both as careers

while raising two sons. She was my

mother’s (Kay Fitzgerald Booker’s)

twin sister, and passed away on the

same day, 18 years apart. I’m sure

they visit the SBC campus together

now! They are sorely missed here.


Preston Hodges Hill

3910 S Hillcrest Dr.

Denver, Colo. 80237


Katie Cox Reynolds reports

that she and Phil have moved into

a smaller more conveniently located

apartment in their retirement home.

New address is 60 Loeffler Rd. P316

Bloomfield, CT 06002. They had

several visits with their children

this summer and most accompanied

them to a memorial of a dear friend

held on Cape Cod. A granddaughter

is in graduate school in Boulder, CO,

for a year’s study in Early Childhood

Education. Her bother is living in


Caroline Casey Brandt, our

class president, reports that all of our

Richmond ’49ers live in Westminster-Canterbury

Retirement Home,

as does she. Libby Trueheart Harris

is in the Health Care unit and is in

failing health, Margaret Towers Talman

is doing well, Kitty Hart Belew

is there as well. All have recently celebrated

90th birthdays. Caroline has

given her outstanding collection of

miniature books to the UVA. The

Miniature Book Society met recently

in Charlottesville, and Caroline,

accompanied by most of her family,

attended a celebration honoring her.

The Society has published a catalog

of the 100 most important books

in the collection. She has given a

copy of it to Sweet Briar. Caroline’s

ex-banker son is now an Episcopal

priest in Richmond, serving at their

family church. He recently had successful

cancer surgery. She has a married

granddaughter living in Boulder

and another living in France. The one

in France had a very premature baby,

but after months in neonatal care,

the baby is at home and doing well.

Carter Van Deventer Slattery

lives in Knoxville, TN. She visits

her house at Hilton Head Beach,

N.C., or Tennessee, and she is blessed

with eight grandchildren and a

great-granddaughter named “Carter”!

Ruth Garrett Preucel lives in

Santa Fe, N.M. She recently moved

there after living fifty years in Philadelphia.

She is living in an “adobe”

(clay) house her architect daughter

designed and built for her. Ruth

also has a son who is a professor at

Brown University and one who lives

in California. She is more interested

in the future than the past!

Carolyn Cannady Evans still

(10 years) lives in a large retirement

home 15 miles from Dulles Airport.

She welcomes “en route” overnight

guests! Two of her four daughters

live nearby, two in Raleigh, N.C. Her

son is in Baltimore. They gather frequently.

Carolyn enjoys working in

clay, sculpturing, and making pots,

etc. She walks her dog daily and is

in good health. She and her children

take a “Sibling & Mom” trip around

the country every year!

Sarah Melcher Jarvis passed

away on Sept. 15, 2017. She raised

four children and wrote children’s

stories for Humpty Dumpty magazine

that were later published as two

books, “Little Plays for Little People”

and “Fried Onion and Marshmallows.”

Sally taught English for several

years at Lancaster County Day

School and was a writer and editor at

Continental Press. As the assistant

director of the North Museum from

’74 to ’92, she initiated the “Rambles”

travel program, leading local excursions

as well as expeditions to China,

Egypt, Russia and Scotland. Sally

was a 50-year member of First Presbyterian

Church, where she served as

an elder, and helped write its history

on its 275th anniversary. She was

a past board member of Demuth

Foundation, Planned Parenthood,

Lancaster Summer Arts Festival,

Friends of Lancaster County Library,

and a member of the National

Society of The Colonial Dames of

America. She is survived by four

children, eight grandchildren, and

five great-greatgrandchildren.

I continue to live in my home

of 54 years in Denver. My children

are out of state but come often, and

Margaret’s close friend from prep

school has moved to Denver, which

is great for me. My son Gene continues

his work in health care, his wife,

Joan, lectures on her book Chasing

Miracles and does a blog monthly

on health issues. Their oldest son is

an ER doctor in Chicago and has

my year and a half old great-grandchild,

Enzo Dylan. Alyssa Hill is

an attorney in NYC and Greg Hill

works in the wine industry in Napa,

CA. Margaret Hill Hilton is a Senior

Sales Executive for Cox Communications

in Las Vegas. Her son

Palmer finished law School at UNC

Chapel Hill. I joined that family for

the graduation in May followed by

a delightful few days in Charleston

& Myrtle Beach. Ginny Hill Martinson

and Lowell live in Ojai, CA.

(fortunately their house survived the

fires last fall). Ginny is enjoying renewed

interest in art and has joined

the Patel Society there. Her 19-yearold

twins have just finished freshman

year at the University of Colorado

Boulder for Michael (in aerospace

engineering) and Boston at Berklee

School of Music for Karen.

All of us are thrilled with our

percentage of giving to the Annual



Pat Layne Winks

312 Arguello Blvd., Apt. 3

San Francisco, CA 94118



Trips I’ve taken this year have

enabled me to connect with some

of you. A June visit to Boston, current

home of my granddaughter,

included a special added attraction:

seeing Joanne Holbrook Patton

at her home in Topsfield. After so

many years regretting my inability to

join many of you at one of Joanne’s

summer picnics at Green Meadows

Farm, I finally made it! Joanne and

I settled in for happy reminiscing,

looking through photograph albums.

Joanne continues to stay active, undeterred

by physical limitations.

In the spring she went to D.C. for

a women’s leadership conference

at George Washington University,

where she was honored for her years

of outstanding service. Recently, the

sailing ship once owned by the Patton

family was put to shore near the

Hamilton museum, which houses

the Patton archives. Joanne, with her

equipment, was hoisted aboard, then

photographed at the helm beside the

captain, as if they were ready to sail

off to sea.

Another trip I took this year – to

London and Paris – was brightened

by Pauline Wells Bolton, former

roommate and Junior Year in France

companion. Pauly had recommended

a London hotel that was a real gem.

She and her sister Josephine Wells

Rodgers ’53 go to Europe nearly every

year. Once Sweet Briar’s Junior

Year in France has cast its spell, we

stay spellbound! Recently fellow

JYF’er Ann Whittingham Smith

attended a theater presentation of

Cyrano de Bergerac in the company

of an Alliance Francçaise group. Ann

and I observed that people seem to

speak French so quickly these days!

Ann has resumed playing the piano

and has joined a chamber music

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group. She also sings in the church

choir and participates in a choral

group that visits nursing homes.

We continue to lose beloved

classmates and their spouses. The

obituary for Jane Ramsay Olmsted

reminds us what a remarkable woman

she was. After Sweet Briar, Jane

studied at the Corcoran School of

Art. Her paintings are in numerous

public and private permanent collections.

She was actively involved

in garden beautification as a floral

designer and judge of flower shows.

A member of Les Dames d’Escoffier

(an organization of women in

the culinary industry), she wrote

restaurant reviews and pursued her

passionate interest in the cuisine and

culture of Italy. For many years she

planned receptions for club members

and international dignitaries at

the Sulgrave Club in D.C. Definitely

a Renaissance woman!

Nancy Hamel Clark is recovering

from hip replacement surgery

with the loving help of her children.

Her daughter Ann, an educational

consultant, is working with University

of North Carolina’s chancellor,

Margaret Spellings, on ways to improve

the quality of teacher education

and recognize its importance.

Nancy has a project of her own:

She writes articles for her retirement

community newsletter, and especially

enjoys interviewing residents and

researching the community’s Quaker


Pat Beach Thompson, at her

home outside Mt. Kisco, N.Y., not

only gardens but dredges the stream

that leads to their pond! We agreed

that California could benefit from

the rain that has been inundating her

part of the country. Pat has a wonderful

plan to prepare a set of SBC

classmate photographs with brief

commentary for each. If we can’t reunite

in person, we can still see and

greet each other. What I have found

especially rewarding in acting as your

secretary is picking up that old-fashioned

instrument, the telephone –

no smart apps needed – and talking

to classmates. Try it! I count on you

to keep in touch – with each other,

with me, and with the College.


Florence Pye Apy

40 Riverside Ave, Apt. 6Y

Red Bank, NJ 07701


Our 65th Reunion has ended.

Although the number of classmates

attending was fewer than we had

hoped for, the nine of us there were

happy to be back to our beautiful,

renewed campus and visit with one

another. Here’s who came: Ginnie

Hudson Toone, Flo Pye Apy and

Chet, Maggie McClung and David,

Harriette Hodges Andrews, Jane

Perry Liles, Katzy Bailey Nager

and C.J., Kirk Tucker Clarkson and

Jack, June Arata Pickett and Dolly

Wallace Hartman. Family members

added another welcomed dimension

to the gathering. The Apys had four

members of the family there: son

David and wife Tricia, and granddaughter

Emily Bera with husband

Danny. Ginnie and her brother,

Repps, drove all the way from Carrollton,

MO, and Dolly was transported

by son John. I heard from

several other members of the class,

including M.A. Mellon Root and

Jeanne Duff, both of whom wanted

to come but could not find appropriate

transportation. Unfortunately,

the Southern Railroad and trains

no longer stop at Monroe station as

they did when we were there.

I will be returning to Sweet Briar

the last weekend in October with my

granddaughter, Marissa Apy, where

she will take part in an engineering

demonstration program for prospective


Too frequently this column ends

on a sad note. Unfortunately, since

our last alumnae gathering, two of

our classmates have died, Anne Elliott

Caskie and Martha Moore

Cuenod. Anne fell down steps while

exiting the Sunday service at her

church in Richmond, on Sunday,

April 15. Sadly, she died a week later

as a result of her injuries. Anne

was born in Birmingham, AL. She

married Challen Ellis Caskie, who

predeceased her, as did her brother

George. During the course of her

marriage to Challen, she moved

many times, ultimately settling in

Richmond, where she was a member

of St. James Episcopal Church, the

Senior Board of Children’s Hospitals,

the Country Club of Virginia,

and the Junior League. She is survived

by her daughter, Trudy Caskie

Porter, and her husband, Cliff; three

grandchildren, Anne Pulliam and

husband Dave, Caroline Porter, and

Borden Porter; and her brother John

Elliot. We will miss her.

Martha Moore Cuenod died

May 23, at age 86. She was born in

Houston, TX. She graduated from

Lamar High School, attended Sweet

Briar, and graduated from the University

of Texas at Austin. She married

Marc Cuenod in 1954 at Christ

Church Cathedral in Houston,

where they started to raise their children.

Later they moved to Galveston.

In both cities she served on the Episcopal

Altar Guilds, the Board of Directors

of the American Red Cross,

and as an active member of the Junior

League. In 2008 she and Marc

returned to Houston to be closer

to their children and grandchildren.

Martha is survived by her husband,

two daughters, one son, one granddaughter,

one grandson, and two

great grandchildren. Our sympathy

goes out to her entire family.

P.S. In an uncontested election

Ginnie and Flo were returned to office

as president and secretary of the



Bruce Watts Krucke

201 West 9th St. N.-Unit 1844

Summerville, SC 29483


The good news is that there are

no new obituaries to start these brief

notes. The other good news is that

our class is very near the top in percentage

of giving to the most recent

fund drive. The bad news is that I got

few responses to my recent email requesting

to hear from you. I am not

able to handwrite to all you ’54 people;

so if you have an email address

and don’t hear from me, please send

your email address to mine above,

and you’ll get occasional notes from

me. Thanks.

Shirley Poulson Broyles writes

that they are hoping to move into a

new active adult retirement community

that will be ready next year. She

doesn’t look forward to the de-cluttering

and downsizing process!

Norris took his children and her

children on a cruise to the Western

Caribbean last November to celebrate

a birthday of Shirley’s ending

in “5,” which will remain undisclosed.

Then she and Norris went in February

to Belmond Maroma in Mexico

to celebrate their 25th anniversary.

This Christmas they are going with

a group of friends to the Eastern

Caribbean, since their children are

all with their own children at Christmas.

They still go to Hilton Head

when the children are not using the

beach house. Shirley is giving up her

apartment in Baltimore in late September,

and they will stay in a hotel

when visiting family there. She says

they are slowing down a bit but still

having fun. Both of them are doing

yoga and have physical and massage

therapy to keep the bods in shape!

Shirley says she has to keep moving

with seven great-grandsons, one

great-granddaughter and number

nine due next February.

Thinking about next year being

our 65th reunion, Sweet Briar can’t

locate our class banner. Do any of

you have it or know where it might

be? It’s not at Sweet Briar, and none

of your class officers have it. They are

expensive to replace, so we’re hoping

it can be located.

Caroline “Kobo” Chobot Garner

writes that in May 2018 her

daughter Laurie, granddaughter

Caroline, and she flew to Calgary,

British Columbia, rented a car, and

toured the Banff/Lake Louise area.

It was a six-day trip, and they were

pleased to still be speaking to each

other at the end! Laurie remarked

— “Have you ever planned a trip for

an 80-year-old, a 50-year-old, and a


No, I haven’t, but Mary Jane

Roos Fenn has. She got back in

August from a week’s vacation with

her daughter Susan, and Susan’s

daughter Dana, at her old stomping

grounds, her beloved Shelter Island,

N.Y. Last year they all went to Bermuda

together, and the threesome

plans to take an annual trip together

from now on.

Mary Hill Noble Caperton

writes that she is happy in her retirement

condo community, keeping

very busy on several committees


there and doing things in town as

well. She still goes to water aerobics

at one of the city pools five mornings

a week and walks her Jack Russell

terrier 3 to 4 times a day. The views

from up on the hill there are wonderful,

and she feasts on them every

time she ventures out or looks out

the windows, which is often. There

are mountains to the east and west

and the landscaping is beautiful

there at the complex. Landscaping

is one of the committees she’s on.

Mary Hill hopes we are all dealing

with our advancing age well. We are

sending our hopeful and prayerful

thoughts to Mary Hill’s son Doug,

who underwent a nine-hour surgery

for pancreatic cancer in late August.

The prognosis is good.

We can always count on Jerry

Driesbach Ludeke for some interesting

adventures. In July she treated

herself to a month-long trip with all

transportation paid for with points.

She first flew from Bakersfield to

Charlottesville for a week’s visit with

her sister Georgia. From there she

took Amtrak to Arlington for a week

with a granddaughter, her husband,

and the two great-grandsons (one of

whom she met for the first time). Jerry

finds that spending time in Washington,

D.C., is always fun. Her new

great find was the Hillwood Estate,

Museum, and Gardens of Marjorie

Meriweather Post. They are extraordinary!

(I wonder if there’s any connection

with our late classmate Meri

Hodges Major.) From there, Jerry

flew to Pittsburgh, where she took an

excursion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s

Falling Water, which exceeded her

expectations. In Pittsburgh she

boarded the American Line’s Queen

of the Mississippi for a ten-day trip

down the Ohio River to St. Louis.

The day she got off the boat she

boarded the Texas Eagle Amtrak for

a four-day ride back to Bakersfield.

That train goes right along the border

with Mexico. Jerry pronounced

all this a fun trip!

Bill and I join those mentioned

above who are happy in their retirement

communities. We too are very

involved here. I’m half-way though

my term as president of the Residents

Council. We don’t meet in

July and August, and I have pages

of things that people have come to

me about during those free months.

There have been huge changes here

this year with the opening of a new

18-apartment residential building

and a new 88-bed medical and rehab

center. We also have just gotten

a new executive director — hope he

doesn’t change everything. In July

we joined my sister Virginia Watts

Fournier ’44 for a few days at North

Topsail Island, N.C. Our families

have been meeting there for 20 years,

but this is probably the last one —

we have aged out.

If you don’t see notes about anyone

you remember or yourself, you

know why! I can’t write what nobody

tells me. Please send me emails or little

letters about you and your family.

Inquiring minds want to know.


Emily Hunter Slingluff

1217 North Bay Shore Drive

Virginia Beach, VA 23451


Starting with deaths of classmates:

Patricia Collins Massa

passed away in February and Rosemary

Mancill Berry in April. We

send much sympathy to their families.

Mary Reed Simpson Daugette’s

daughter kindly wrote about her

some months ago, saying that her

mother had the flu last winter and

was in the hospital, followed by four

weeks of rehab, and that it had been

a setback for her. She can no longer

use the telephone and will probably

remain in a wheelchair. She had

traveled to two of four weddings of

her grandchildren in 2017 and was

thrilled to have a great-grandchild

born in Birmingham in October and

named Mary Simpson Nolan.

Nella Gray Barkley gave the

commencement address at Sweet

Briar this year.

Dede Harrison Austin is “alert,”

said her husband, Larry. She can see

and read but cannot talk or eat or

move. Seven years ago, a church van

ran into the car she was driving, with

Larry by her side, as they were going

to their house in the North Carolina

mountains. She is staying in a

hospital bed in her beautiful living

room, facing the fireplace. Various

machines are connected to her, along

the wall, so hardly noticeable in the

lovely setting. Larry seems to be by

her side much of the time but also

has professional care for her at all

times. Her children seem to come

often, too, and I saw many good,

happy photos of them when I was

there. When I first looked at Dede, I

immediately thought, “You still look

like you did at Sweet Briar!” It seems

that lying in bed nonstop keeps

wrinkles away! The scenario there

keeps coming to my mind. Larry is a

gold star husband. Dede is gold star

too, always has been, and still is. It is

a terrible situation, but also heartwarming

to see the loving care.

Kay Roberts McHaney phoned

and what a treat it was to reconnect

with her! Her life sounds most interesting

although her husband has

Alzheimer’s. Kay was only at Sweet

Briar for two years, feeling a desire,

as many of our Texas classmates did,

to also go to the University of Texas.

However, she has fond memories

of SBC and went back for the 1954

graduation to see her good friend,

Cathy Munds ’54, graduate. After

that, she said she went on a driving

trip across the country and then

even on to Hawaii for a while, too,

with three of our classmates, Nancy

Douthat, Jane Lindsey, and Susan

Seward. Kay’s father had owned the

newspaper in Victoria, The Victoria

Advocate, since the early 1940s. It

is Texas’s second oldest continually

operating paper. Since his death

some years ago, Kay and her brother

have been involved with the paper.

She still participates on the editorial

board and the ethics committee. She

and her husband, Jim, met when they

were both living in Victoria and were

in second grade. He became a chemical

engineer, and they lived in California

and in Ohio for 10 years before

moving back to Victoria, where

her husband became involved with

the paper. When in Hudson, OH,

she was friends with Mary Ann Mellon

Root ’53. Kay and Jim have three

sons and a daughter, and all are living

in Texas. One son is in Longview,

with the paper the family bought six

years ago. Another son is an attorney

in Austin. Her daughter and another

son live in Victoria with their families.

There are 12 grandchildren,

the oldest is 24 and the youngest are

twins age 8. She has been involved in

many organizations. She helped create

the history museum on the Victoria

College campus, where she was

the first woman on the board and is

still serving on that board after 30

years. She worked closely with the

Victoria Symphony and is still chair

of the endowment, she was a part of

creating the Bach Festival, now in its

43rd season, and was the first woman

on the Victoria County Hospital

board where she was also chairman.

She loves traveling, which she thinks

may go back to that trip across this

country with SBC friends! She has

also taken two Sweet Briar trips, one

in 2005 to Peru, Machu Picchu, and

the Amazon and another in 2007

to other places in South America.

Also, she has traveled with her husband

and on separate trips with her

children to India, Egypt, Morocco,

Spain, and Alaska. As she said, life is

busy, and also happy.

Newell Bryan Tozzer is happily

staying in her house where she has

been for many years. Son Brent and

his wife, who is the daughter of Sue

Lawton Mobley’s first cousin, also

live in Atlanta. Brent works with

the bookstore at Emory University.

Newell’s daughter, Ellen, and her

husband and their three children

have recently moved to Callaway

Gardens, a resort town a little over

an hour from Atlanta. Newell is involved

at All Saints Church and on

the board of Historic Oakland Cemetery.

Ethel Green Banta is still living

in her nice historic house in Natchez,

MS. This summer, she went

to Seattle to visit her youngest, Kate,

and “her wonderful family.” Ethel

said it was a long trip, but worth

it! She has another daughter, Alice,

in Richmond, who is the vet for the

city of Richmond, and a son, Jim, in

Richmond, where he is VP of Capital

One Bank. Between the two of

them, she has six grandchildren; so

she says she really enjoys her visits to

Richmond. Her oldest child, Ruth,

lives in Northampton, MA, where

she is CEO of Pathlight, an organization

to help people with special

needs. Last Christmas, she visited

Ruth and was caught in the Atlanta

airport shutdown: 100,000 people

in the terminal and no power except

from their cell phones! But, as she

said, somehow, they all survived!

Jane Feltus Welch writes, since

leaving Natchez years ago after her

marriage, she is feeling older. She

said she has had pneumonia and that

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she pulled some tendons or muscles

in one leg. But, Jane felt she would

be better soon! Also, she said that

she had been in New York City the

week before, for a week, and was able

to see The Iceman Cometh and My

Fair Lady. She enjoyed being in her

apartment there, which she recently

had upgraded to be fresher and more

“with it!” She says she can enjoy relaxing

there, while at her house, Jessamine

Hill, in Kentucky, something

is always going happening! In April

she went with son Jim and daughter

Lucy and Lucy’s husband to San

Francisco for the marriage of another

daughter, Eliza, who lives there and

is a chaplain for Hospice. Among

other things, Jane belongs to a foreign

affairs group that meets every

month and requires preparation and

to a book club. She mentioned that

she had the Sweet Briar Open House

at her house last winter and enjoyed

that, and shortly after, met our new

Sweet Briar president and was very

impressed with her.

Ginger Chamblin Greene came

with her friend, Fred Landess, to a

party that my friend Doug Mackall

had at his Charlottesville condo

during the University of Virginia

Law School Reunion in May. Fred

and Doug were classmates some

years ago. Ginger looked fabulous

and seemed so happy. It was a treat

for me to have a small visit with her.

We feel so connected as do most of

us from our wonderful class at Sweet


Pam Compton Ware our May

Queen, writes, “We can’t be this old!

In my head I don’t feel it, but the

body tells it like it is. ‘Life is swell

when you keep well.’ Remember that

one? It’s the current game plan. I feel

blessed with my wonderful sons,

their wives, and nine grandchildren,

eldest graduated, two in college, six

in high school/junior high. Hobbies

remain as before: gardening (joints

permitting), reading, church activities,

and bridge (unremarkable).

However, genealogy has captivated

me, and I’ve spent hours researching

several family lines, but I won’t bore

you with that. Dig into your own,

though; it is fascinating. As an SBC

government major, I was long ago

bitten by history as it is happening,

and heaven knows there’s been a lot

of that going on. Yes, I’m an addicted

news junkie, as well as a Jersey Shore

worshipper, where our annual Pilgrimage

takes place with as many as

we can crowd in. Often I think of our

idyllic time at SBC and am so grateful

it is still alive with new direction

and purpose. I miss the wonder of all

that and especially all of you.”

Emily Hunter Slingluff is enjoying

life in the same house on the bay

and close to the ocean for about forty

years. Her daughter is several houses

away and her son nearby in Charlottesville.

It is a thrill to stay in touch with

wonderful Sweet Briar classmates. I

enjoy playing bridge and spend lots

of time speaking and writing about

parenting. My first book, A Present

to the Newborn, has just come out in

audio, with a sympathetic narrator,

and is available on Amazon. This is

exciting for me, and I hope will help

parents with a child of any age. At

one of our convocations, our Sweet

Briar president, Anne Gary Pannell,

said, “When you educate a woman,

you educate the world.” Yes, mothering

matters. Sweet Briar mattered,



Mary Ann H. Willingham

P.O. Box 728

Skyland, N.C. 28776


Thanks to each of you who either

sent an e-mail or a real letter!

You make my job fun! You all are

great! I have always maintained that

old friends are the best; so especially

good to hear from you – and we are


Ann Greer Adams was treated

to a “step back in time” last spring

when her son and his wife included

her on a trip to Virginia to pick

up their daughter, who was finishing

her freshman year at W&L.

She says Lexington looked just as it

did 60 years ago, when she was last

there. They took her to SBC, where

they walked the whole campus. Particularly

interesting she says is the

columbarium around the perimeter

of the Monument, where several of

our friends are buried: Mr. Hapala,

Dr. Nelson and Helen McMahon.

Then on to Charlottesville for the

full Virginia tour, loving every minute

of “remembering.”

Bunny Burwell Nesbit writes

that she is living a wonderfully full

life in a continuing care community

in Sarasota, FL. A highlight of the

year was the 100th Reunion of her

dad’s family in Upperville, VA, which

lasted 11 days! Lots of other SBC alums

(’52,’55,’58,’66,’82, &’84) we’re in

attendance, making it a super special


Macie Clay Nichols shared

lots of Kentucky news. Meredith

Smythe Grider spent the summer

in Michigan, having previously sold

her gift-ice cream shop there. Each

of her three daughters spent some

of the summer with her. For the past

two summers Macie has followed

campers to Beaufort, N.C., where

she enjoyed good times with Mishew

Cooper and her husband, Murray

Williams, who now live there in a

condo with a marvelous ocean view.

She also reconnected with some old

UNC friends. Macie tells us that

Norma Davis has moved from Tunica,

MS, to a retirement community

in Memphis, where Norma is very

content. Norma had called Macie for

a Derby tip, and no doubt Norma

was delighted with the tip, Justified.

Macie and Robert celebrated their

57th wedding anniversary this year

and have lived in the same house for

55 of those years. Her daughter and

her children live nearby. Son Rob

and family live in Spain; so Macie

is hoping to win the lottery to buy a

plane for more “togetherness.” Macie

recently attended an SBC gathering

at the beautiful home of Jane Feltus

Welche ’55 for an inspiring update

by SBC Board Member, Mason

Rummel. Macie laments that our

class giving participation is low. [Be

of cheer, Macie: this past fiscal year

we are up to 31.3 percent, up from

25 percent the previous year, See? I

said you all are great! Now, if we had

a class fundraiser, think how marvelous

we could be! And here is my

plug: Please, please send something

— large or small — to SBC when

the next solicitation arrives!] Sudie

Shelton Moseley lives fairly close to

Macie in Kentucky; whereas Sudie’s

two sons live in Louisville. Sudie attends

an annual seminar each year at

Cambridge, joined by other perpetual

students of many nationalities.

Lee Chang Crozier wrote that

all is well with her and hers in California,

although definitely concerned

about the August fires. She is still involved

in “committee responsibilities,”

helps coordinate the music at church,

and plays the piano and sings in the

choir. She and Al are coming up on

their 59th wedding anniversary! Lee

and I exchanged a couple of e-mails

reminiscing about painting posters

and decorating for our Spring Dance,

the theme for which was “Occidentally

Oriental.” Remember?

Janet Monroe Marshall writes

that she is settled into her new retirement

home in Ellicott City, MD,

having moved there from Pennsylvania.

Much to do there, so much so

that she finds it hard to find chunks

of time to read, contemplate, and

keep up with family. For her, the biggest

change that she has seen since

we left college is the speed of everything:

film, talking, soundbites versus

discussion; brief flashes of information

to stay with shorter and shorter

attention spans of everyone. There is

also more and more online activity, as

in anything involving the oxymoron

called “Customer Service!”

Nancy Ettenger Minor has recently

moved from Savannah, Ga., to

a continual care community on Hilton

Head, S.C. She is still playing a

lot of bridge and is rapidly adapting

to and enjoying her new location and

all it offers.

Nancy Howe Roberts continues

enjoying traveling, recently taking a

delightful trip to the Gulf Coast with

Jim’s two sons and their families. She

still lives in a retirement community,

enjoying a very active life there. She

plays bridge and golf and plans to go

to Chicago for Christmas.

A wonderful note from Peggy

Ann Rogers recapping her fascinating

life. An English Lit major at

SBC, she went on to receive a Ph.D.

from Oxford. She attended the Coronation

of Queen Elizabeth in 1953

and had a day with Mother Teresa in

Calcutta in 1989 with Medical Missions

of NY (1985-1989). She was

with the Philadelphia School Board

for 35 years and taught in England

for 30 summers with The Institute

of International Education. She has

generously donated many books to

Sweet Briar. Now about 85% deaf,

she is active with organizations focusing

on deafness. She would love

to hear from classmates: 635 Alexian

Way #805 HC, Signal Mountain,

TN 37377.


Karen Steinhardt Kirkbride is

delighted with the progress Sweet

Briar is making! Still in Annandale,

VA, her husband is undergoing extensive

therapy for which Karen is

deeply grateful. She is the sole driver

now for extra safety, meaning double

appointments and extra errands, but

their life together is as wonderful as

ever. Their three sons and their families

are a major source of joy. Steven

lives nearby; however Kevin is in Seattle

and Trevor is in NYC.

Joan Broman Wright loves

reading the class notes! Nothing astounding

to report, she says. She is

valiantly trying to landscape her yard

in Coral Gables, FL, in the excruciating

hot summer sun! Her son, Jim,

who lives in Raleigh, recently spent

a week with her. Daughter Elise and

family live nearby in Coral Gables,

where Elise is busy with her Interior

Design Company.

We in Western N.C. are excited

that Louisa Hunt Coker is soon

moving from Franklin, VA, to a retirement

home in Hendersonville,

N.C., about 15 miles from me. This

way, she will be much closer to her


As for me, I stay quite busy!

Fortunately, I’m still enjoying good

health; so I can do a lot of gardening,

which I love (always welcoming

winter, however!). I do some traveling

still, but mostly to visit daughters

and their families in NYC, Atlanta,

and Baltimore. The last NYC grandchild

is off to college this fall, and the

oldest Baltimore grandchild is visiting

colleges this fall in preparation

for next fall. Wow! The years just

fly by!

Please, please remember to send

money — any amount — to SBC

when the solicitation arrives! I am so

proud of our improving percentage!

And many thanks to each of you

who has made all this news appear!


Eleanor St. Clair Thorp

3 Stoneleigh #6D

Bronxville, N.Y. 10708


Our 60th Reunion was a very

special time for all the alumnae, especially

those from our 1958 class.

There was a large turnout, but ours

was especially well represented.

Though we missed many of you, 20

made it, with an assorted number of

husbands. We all had time to visit

with one another, hear very good and

informative words from President

Woo, and get a very positive update

on the College and its future.

At the meeting for class elections,

Claire Cannon Christopher

was elected our new president, M.L.

Bryant our treasurer/fundraiser, and

I was elected secretary. Our heartfelt

thanks to outgoing president Mollie

Archer Payne and secretary Jane

Shipman Kuntz. Now some news

from our classmates:

Beedy Tatlow Ritchie and her

husband, Bruce, moved from Los

Angeles to Palm Desert, CA, and are

enjoying life there in “Paradise.” Son

Hank and his wife, Meredith Hobik,

live in Bethesda, MD, and son Chad

is engaged to Katherine Nedelkoff

and lives in NYC. Daughter Laura

and her offspring, AJ, live in Beverly

Hills. Beedy and Bruce spend three

months in Traverse City, Mich., and

they welcome any of you for a visit

any time.

Winnie Leigh Hamlin was delighted

to be at Reunion and writes

that her first grandchild Winborne

Leigh Hamlin, graduated cum laude

with a degree from UVa in bio-medical

engineering! Winborne’s two

brothers and two cousins will be

at UVa next year, two in each class.

Winnie underwent surgery to remove

a kidney stone and is still recovering.

Ina Hamilton Hart was given

a fabulous surprise 80th birthday

party by her children, with relatives

from near and far attending. Ina has

been writing stories and now is writing

poetry as well. As she says, it’s a

great outcome for an English major.

Peggy Smith Warner and her

husband, John, are currently in their

vacation home in Cashiers, N.C.,

and will return to Nashville in the

fall. Grandson Blake will enter Vanderbilt

as a freshman this fall, but

she says her real connection to Sweet

Briar is her son John’s marriage to

Jane Shipman Kuntz’s niece Jane

Shipman. John is a surgeon in Lexington,


Adele Caruthers is now living

in Santa Fe with her second husband,

Harry, whom she married two

years ago after having been divorced

and widowed. She and Harry just

returned from a fabulous Viking

Cruise around the Mediterranean.

Tibby Moore Gardner had a

great time at our reunion and suggests

we get together more often

than every five years! Agreed, Tibby.

She and Bill are in their Virginia

Beach home, where her oldest son

Ryland and wife and her parents

came to visit for a few days.

Eleanor Humphrey Schnabel

has moved to an assisted-living

complex in Salem, MA, to be nearer

her daughter Ellie ’85, who lives in

Woonsocket, R.I., with son Nathan

Henry, who is five years old. Hump

is now retired and works with a needlepoint

group and is definitely enjoying

her new life.

Mimi Garrard writes that she

has been very busy the last few years

creating dance for video and showing

her work on television, in festivals,

and in galleries around the world.

She won six first-place awards for

her video work. She and her husband,

James Seawright, had a show

in Kentucky and will have another

in the fall at the University of Tennessee

in Knoxville. They also had

a concert at New York Live Arts in

May. We should all go online to read

her newsletter, at The Mimi Garrard

Dance Company, Inc.

Betty Rae Sivalls Davis and

her husband are very excited about

the country western party that her

children are hosting for their sixtieth

wedding anniversary in September,

replete with a country band and

Southern food. They are also taking

their first cruise this month.

Mary Johnson Campbell says

she keeps “busy doing nothing noteworthy”!

She stays in touch with

Ruth Carpenter Pitts, whose granddaughter

was married in August.

Patty Sykes Treadwell lost her

husband, Dick, on February 13. Patty

regularly attends her grandson’s

soccer games in the San Francisco

area and keeps Mary {Mary who?]

informed about his victories.

Jane Shipman Kuntz loved being

at our reunion and sends the

good news that her herniated disk

was operated on, repaired, and that

she is now recovering. Prior to Reunion,

she and a friend took a long

and fascinating trip through the

many parks in the western United

States. Her grandchildren are all

thriving and busy with more activities

than can be listed here, but lots

to make Jane very proud.

Thanks to all of you who responded

to my email asking for your

news, and I look forward to hearing

from more of you for the next edition.

In the meantime, keep in touch

and enjoy the fall.


Ali Wood Thompson

89 Pukolu Way

Wailea, HI 96753



A big reminder that next year

(2019) is our 60TH REUNION!!!

The reunion dates are May 31-June 2.

If you are ever going to go to a reunion,


Car, bus, train or plane (SBC does

pick you up at Lynchburg airport) …

Di Doscher Spurdle ’59 and family! Doug and his brood (Sophia,

Savannah, Mason and Lincoln) from CA on the left, Craig, Brooks and

Mij from FL on right . Our two great-grandsons are on the far right and

far left

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Val Stoddard Loring ’59 and husband Stephen

Plan to make it a trip and bring your

spouse along or a companion to help

you get here. For those of us going, we

should book at the Elston Inn early.

Just a thought. We will need some volunteers

to run this reunion, I believe.

Joanne Bossert Thompson: We

are going to our 3rd grandson‘s wedding

on Sept. 15 in Vail, CO. 5 days

later we leave for Vancouver, BC, to

take the Rocky Mountaineer train

to the Canadian Rockies. We will

be gone a total of three weeks. Will

send pictures from our trip. Other

than that, things are pretty stable.

The other exciting thing is that I

have reconnected with my roommate,

Sally Bertelsen Maguire, and

we are getting together the beginning

of November.

Mary Boyd Davis: I have nothing

much to report from Ponte Vedra

Beach, but as frequent hurricane

evacuees, we hope all is going OK for

you. I’ve never heard of so much water

in such a short time! Hope you’ve

been able to stay dry! The most exciting

thing in our life right now is

that our 3-year-old great grandson

took off on a 2-wheeler bike a few

days ago. He was apprehended, but

they may have to hide the bike!

Mary Harrison Cooke Carle:

(ed. note: I don’t know where she is.

I seem to have lost her. Does anyone

know where she is?)

Tricia Coxe Ware: Judy Sorley

Simpson invited Betsy Duke Seaman,

Tabb Thornton Farinholt

and myself to join her for a few days

while she vacationed in Gloucester,

VA. It was fun to catch up on news

and share pictures.

Di Doscher Spurdle: Just got

back from Red Mountain Ranch in

Idaho with the whole family (minus

two). Couldn’t have been a more

perfect vacation. With West Coast

and East Coast, it’s not easy to get

together. I ran into an SBC grad,

class of 2017, who thanks all alums

who helped keep things going so she

could graduate.

Deborah Dunning: I’m competing

with Ruth Bader Ginsburg for

being the woman works longer than

any of her friends and loves what

she’s doing. At 81, I’m having a great

time developing training that enables

all types of enterprises reduce their

waste, water and energy use so we all

can leave to our grandkids a healthy

and sustainable environment. I feel

blessed to live in Providence, Rhode

Island — a beautifully restored city

where most people can walk to work.

And we all have access to some of the

best beaches and best restaurants in

New England. And my grand-kids

all live nearby. Hope to see you at

our 60th!

Alice Cary Farmer Brown:

Greetings everyone! President Meredith

Woo has been engaging our

oldest son Lyons to advise her on

sustainable farming for Sweet Briar.

She knew him when she was at

UVA and he was teaching at the

Darden School there. Lyons and his

wife live on a lovely farm in Batesville,

VA, outside of Charlottesville,

where they have over 200 bee hives.

They sell the honey, and it is DE-

LICIOUS! [check them out: www.

elysiumhoney.com] To date, Lyons

has put 20 bee hives at Sweet Briar

and is instructing interested students

in their care. He says he had never

been to Sweet Briar in the daylight!

I can’t wait to see all of you at our

60th reunion — especially Travis


Penny Fisher Duncklee: Fun

June this year. I helped a friend take

his annual student trip to a bunch of

National Parks. 8 kids: 5 girls and 3

boys, all just finished 9th grade. His

school and kids are from Lexington,

VA. We all flew into Phoenix and

piled into one large van with our

camping gear. Drove to Grand Canyon,

Zion, Bryce, past Death Valley

and on to Mt. Whitney. We camped

a couple of nights at each National

Park. We sure do have a beautiful

country. Then we drove over to

Yosemite, before the fires started!

Lucky us. Then we drove down to

Disneyland for a fun day, and back

to Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix,

AZ. Really fun 2 weeks. And, my

good luck with the weather held out

one more time. Whew! Here are just

a few of the almost 300 pictures I

took. The last picture of all the traffic

on the way down to Disneyland

shows one reason I do not want to

live in California. Of course, now

that California is all burning up, I

guess that would be another reason

I don’t want to live there.

Meriwether Hagerty Rumrill:

My news is mostly my grandkids

and that’s the best. Attended the

last high school graduation of my 3

South Dakota grandsons. They all

have full scholarships to college and

2 may go into medicine. In Chris’

yearbook, in the ‘most likely’ dept.,

it was said about him: “most likely to

find a cure for cancer.” WE WISH.

My 4 Virginia (Richmond and Fairfax)

grandkids are the littlest - sweet,

adorable and funny, love music and

dance, animals, sports. My 2 New

York granddaughters both gave me

joyful visits this spring and summer

and one is with me at this moment.

I took her from the plane to a dance

(waltz) and later contra - 4 hrs. of

dancing. Have to admit I did not

dance every one (I’d driven up from

Tidewater, my excuse), but she did

and was ecstatic. Love having a relative

as nuts about dancing as I am.

Gay Hart Gaines: Stanley and

I are winging our way home from

Sitka, AK, to Seattle tonight and

then Seattle to Florida tomorrow.

We have had a marvelous trip with

our son Ralph and family and some

friends and their family. It was a great

success on a National Geographic

ship, and we all so enjoyed the

eagles, orcas, humpbacked whales,

seals, puffins, and on and on! I am

working hard on the Ron DeSantis

race for Florida’s governor as well as

Rick Scott for US Senate, to replace

Sen. Bill Nelson who is a dinosaur!

On Feb. 20, Stanley had a new aortic

valve operation and also a stent, at

the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, which

was a huge success! It is the number

one heart hospital in America and

we were mighty impressed!

My “Founders and Us” series at

The Society of the Four Arts has

been a huge success for the past two

years and I was asked to do it again

in 2019. Next season we will have

four lectures on the “Founding Documents

“and I have four outstanding

historians and scholars coming: Gordon

Wood, Akhil Amar, Jon Meacham

and Rick Brookhiser. They are

all brilliant and sensational speakers!

Love to you wherever this finds you!

Trudie Jackson Smither: (ed.

Note: this is an email from Judy

Welton Sargent)

“In reading the newsletter I saw

Trudy’s name listed. I guess SBC

is unaware of her death. She and I

shared a long and close friendship.

She was a very caring person and


dear friend. ou may remember that

she came with me to our 2009 SBC


Elizabeth Johnston Lipscomb:

I spent several hours in the Sweet

Briar Library during Sweet Work

Weeks, helping identify 1950s photos

in the archives — a delightful

nostalgia trip through our college

years. There were a number of

alumnae on campus doing much

more strenuous work (painting

and gardening) than I was willing

to attempt. The Lynchburg paper

reported this week that an enthusiastic

freshman class has just arrived.

Lloyd and I continue to enjoy traveling

and participating in many activities

here at Westminster Canterbury.

I’m looking forward to having all our

children and grandchildren here in

late December to celebrate my 80th

birthday. I am also looking forward

to our class of 1959 60th reunion at

Sweet Briar. I hope that many of us

will be able to gather for that.

Jini Jones Vail: I have been preparing

my “Rochambeau, Washington’s

Ideal Lieutenant” book for

Audible.com. The process is a blast,

if a little more time-consuming

that hoped. My daughter, Heather,

helped me with the computer

“stuff,” and through ACX we put up

an ad for a narrator who is fluent in

French. Can you believe there were

over 100 applicants? Finally chose

one from CA. After a few weeks of

listening and checking it was finished,

and my book is now available

on Audible.com. All my fun reading

has been on Audible for years. If you

like listening to books performed by

actors, you will enjoy it. Also preparing

to publish: “Summering in Loire

Valley: A Decade of Art” and “Cuisine,

History and Music.” Will meet

with dear SBC buddies, Erna Westwig,

Sarah Jane Moore, Mary Davis

and Polly Taylor at Sandy Sylvia’s

daughter Lisa’s, summer home on

Buzzard’s Bay, MA, Sept. 14. We are

still kicking, but not jitterbugging!

Virginia MacKethan Kitchin:

Watching Roger Federer play at the

1,000 level tennis tournament outside

Cincinnati, OH. Also saw the

Terra Cotta Warriors at the Cincinnati

Art Museum where son Cameron

is the director.

Judy Nevins LeHardy: Ward

and I have gotten together with Cay

Ramey Weimer and Ben a couple of

times this year. They are at Rappahannock

Westminster Canterbury,

which is near us.

All four of our children and their

families have been here for weekend

visits this summer, Sally’s being the

latest. I hope to go to the 60th Reunion

and hope many others will


Ann Pegram Howington: No

news really. I didn’t even try to go

to the new and returning students

tea party. As lucky as usual, I took

a beach house and had myriad children

in globs. It was fun but . . . shhh .

. . I noticed not REALLY liking having

very small children around for

extended periods. Don’t you think

we are excused at our wonderfully

long age? That, by the way, is only 2

weeks. I do see Betsy Brawner Pittman

pretty much and Nina’s daughter,

Mary, is next door down through

the woods so I really can’t SEE her

sans appointment. A sweetie, though

. . . sounds like SBC is going to be

OK, a good thing. Do send girls and

money, though. I would LOVE to

see any of you all coming to Atlanta.

Rew Price Carne: Moved from

retirement community to condo

mid-June. My daughter lives in same

building. We can take care of each

other if necessary. Health improving.

Life is good. Stay safe.

Debbie Von Reischach Swan

Snyder: Another beautiful summer

in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Just

returned to Maine from fabulous 2

1/2-week Baltic Cruise on 2-year

old Regent Explorer: Denmark, Berlin,

Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, St.

Petersburg (don’t go in the summer;

too crowded with cruise ship passengers

but wonderful to see), Finland,

Sweden and the highlight of 3 days

with Norwegian friends in Oslo.

Back to Naples mid-October after

visits to friends in Williamsburg,

VA, and son and family who just

moved to Raleigh, NC.

Mary Blair Scott Valentine:

Our granddaughter, Taylor Redd,

headed off to Yale this weekend. She

is also the granddaughter of the late

Marylew Cooper Redd ‘57. I am laid

up with a new hip. Too much running

on hockey field and lacrosse and

tennis court.

Ann Smith Heist: (received from

her husband, John): Just wanted to let

you know that Ann passed away. She

dealt with a very rare lung disease,

Ali Wood Thompson ’59 and husband, Travis

lymphagioleiomyomatosis for over

20 years. Her disease never slowed

her down from world travel, though

she used oxygen 24/7. She loved her

GCA Garden Club and being able

to judge shows around the country.

She owned a wonderful women’s

store for 30 years and enjoyed all

the fashion markets. She had such

an eye for design. She’s survived by

her husband John of Ormond Beach,

FL,and a daughter Amanda Grant of

Ridgefield, CT, and 4 grandchildren.

Judy Sorley Chalmers-Simpson:

I have some great SBC news: I

just spent a week in Ware Neck, VA,

near Tabb’s home, and Tabb, Tricia

Coxe and Betsy Seaman spent three

days with me there. Pure bliss. I hope

to host this class “mini-reunion” every

summer the 4 of us, all widowed,

spent time reminiscing, sharing, and

talking about life “then” and “now,”

our children and grandchildren. It

was a very positive experience for

each of us.

Polly Space Dunn: I am doing

ok. Still having residual problems

from broken shoulder 1.5 years ago.

Golf is not good and painting takes

too much impetus. Good news: kids

and grands doing great. Am still in

our summer home in North Carolina

and am enjoying the cool. Discovered

Mahjongg last summer and am


Val Stoddard Loring: We

moved to the OceanView Retirement

Community, Falmouth, ME, in

June 2017. With the closing of our

Holden, MA, house on July 31 this

year, we look forward to more fully

taking advantage of all it has to offer.

To celebrate my 80th and Steve’s

85th birthdays plus the college graduations

of 3 grandsons, we took our

family to Jackson Lakes Lodge in

Grand Teton National Park where

the photo was taken. It was a fabulous

place to gather our 3 active families,

18 of us ranging in age from 13

to 85!

Susan Taylor Montague-Reese:

I have moved to a retirement home:

Goodwin House, in Alexandria. I

am not a happy camper. My new

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address is 4800 Fillmore Ave. #201,

Alexandria, VA 22311. Phone and

e-mail have not changed.

Nina Thornton Asgeirsson:

Right now, I am at our Cape Cod

family house in Falmouth. My parents

retired here in the 1960s, and

my brother, 2 sisters and I have kept

it as a family retreat. My brother and

I shared the 4th of July week here

with 4 of our offspring and 12 of our

grandchildren. This week my son

and his wife and four girls (aged 11,

8, 7, 4) sailed up from Long Island

to Nantucket. Along the way they

stopped here to pick up my daughter

and son-in-law and their 3 girls

(aged 16, 13, 9). So, I have really

been enjoying my 7 granddaughters;

they sure are all a lot of fun! I

love getting all those cousins from

the next generation together — an

amazing highlight of my fabulous

summer. Thanks for keeping us all

connected; hope to attend our 60th

reunion next year! I’ve attended a

few of the Sweet Briar Boston Club

gatherings, but I’ve never attended a

class reunion.

Tabb Thornton Farinholt: Had

a wonderful visit with classmates

Betsy Duke Seaman and Tricia

Coxe Ware with Judy Sorley Simpson,

our hostess, when she was visiting

again in Ware Neck, VA. Really

look forward to our book club’s

reconvening in the fall. Hope Mary

Ballou will be able to join us. She

is bravely recovering from a mishap

which resulted in her having to get

an elbow replacement. I have purchased

a condominium in Richmond

but don’t seem to be able to leave my

river house for very long. I have managed

to confuse myself utterly and

probably my descendants with my

peripatetic ways.

Mary Todd Singh: My husband

and I have sold our house and moved

to a condo in Kailua. The address is

408 Kailua Road, #7110, Kailua, HI

96734. The driving required to live

in a rural area was getting to us. At

this location we are able to walk or

bus to most desired destinations and

visiting family has access to the car as

needed. My husband is available to

teach more training sessions and will

do one next month with the military.

I continue to have no significant activities

but am trying to settle into a

new location. Moving is emotionally


Kathy Tyler Sheldon: In the last

6 months we seem to have gotten a

great deal older, leading us to finally

part with our sail boat which we will

give to our middle grandson who is

on one of the large vessels servicing

the oil rigs and so enjoys sailing with

us. We had two university graduations,

our granddaughter in theater

after she was a female Hamlet and

worked in an outdoor theater in

Toronto this summer. Our eldest

grandson in robotic engineering

who has already been sent to Norway

and Norwich, England, clearing

the ocean floor in robotic machines.

What a world we live in. We continue

on much the same in same place,

now enjoying the fruits of John’s garden

and the fish and seafood abundantly

again around us.

Judy Welton Sargent: I am celebrating

my 80th birthday all year

long! First: I took my family of 6

on safari to Kenya and Tanzania in

March over my 10-year-old grandson

John Paul’s spring break. We

had a fabulous time! Second: My

daughters Susan and Catherine had

a lovely party for me at the time of

my birthday. Third: I flew to New

York where Di and I went to Yankees

vs. Astros game at the beautiful

new Yankee Stadium. It was

such fun, and the Yankees won! We

also went to the ballet and to “The

Band’s Visit”, not to mention dining

at fine restaurants, including lunch

at Majorelle! Next: daughter Susan

and her Beau Regan took me to a

Paul Simon Concert! Then, daughter

Catherine, husband Tom and

grandson John Paul took me to see

“Hamilton” in DC. This week Ann

Turnbull Lowry and I went to San

Antonio to a Lyle Lovett concert. A

return to NYC in September for a

Yankee vs Red Sox Game, a couple

of ballets, theater and fine dining

plus an Elbe River Cruise with Di

the end of October from Prague to

Berlin will conclude the celebrations.

So wonderful to be 80, to be well and

to do fun things with great friends

and family. How fortunate I am!

Ali Wood Thompson: In May,

Travis and I headed east to have a

visit with our daughter in Windham,

ME. Then we drove down to

Providence and watched our youngest

granddaughter graduate from

Providence College (1,000 graduates!

- but it all went smoothly). We

hopped the train down to N.J. to

spend a few nights with Travis’ sister

and then flew off to Germany to

explore that country for about two

weeks. Back to N.J. to attend Travis’

65th high school reunion and then

we were homeward bound. It is always

great to get back home though.

A few days ago, we headed off to

Hana (on Maui) for a “stay vacation”

to celebrate our 60th anniversary

and had a great time. Just to let you

know, we are not affected by the Big

Island’s volcano spewing. Only when

the wind shifts and sends us “Vog”

(like smog). Hurricane Lane missed

us on Maui thank heavens but as of

today (Sept. 9), we are going to experience

Hurricane Olivia. (P.S. Since I

am resending this letter: Hurricane

Olivia didn’t touch us where we live.

I think our 10,000 foot mountain

protected us.)


Lura Coleman Wampler

1406 Thomas Rd

Wayne, Pa. 19087


Jane Tatman Walker: En route

home from Florida in April, Frank

and I had a lovely stopover visit in

Atlanta to see Linda Sims Grady

Newmark, Bill and Nina Wilkerson

Bugg and Phyz and Ann Crowell

Lemmon. In late, July my family

surprised me with a most special

dinner, complete with a 32-page

tabloid called The Gran Gazette, featuring

articles each family member

and some friends submitted focusing

on my life and shared experiences.

Turning 80 did not seem so bad.

With 18 out of 19 family members

present, it was a wonderful and fun

evening with many surprises.

Norma Patteson Mills: Olan

and I have just returned from spending

most of the summer at our house

at DeBordieu Beach on the coast in

South Carolina. We enjoyed many

family members rotating through

but had some lazy days too.

Becky Towill McNair: My current

hobby is keeping up with my

grandchildren. Hard to believe that

four of them are experiencing college

life (University of Texas, University

of Georgia, and W&L). I want so

much for them to have the positive

experience and lasting memories I

treasure. The other four are not far

behind. Am also enjoying memories

of our Christmas trip last year to

Peru. Hope to see Teddy and Liz

someday soon, as they have retired

to the same Savannah community as

my sister.

Winkie Wimbish Chalfant: Ed

and I have returned to Ponte Vedra

Beach following a lovely July in

Maine. We were fortunate in March

to enjoy a visit from President Woo

and learn of the exciting plans for

Sweet Briar’s future.

Carolyn Gough Harding: I don’t

have much news: same home, same

husband, no additions to the family.

We traveled to Toronto to visit

friends, and I thought about Pat and

wished she were there to visit also.

We are looking forward to a Mediterranean

cruise at the end of September.

Carol Barnard Ottenberg: We

have been in Maine for much of the

summer, with family members coming

and going. Highlights of our trip

from Rochester, N.Y., where I had a

jigsaw puzzle meeting, explorations

of the Erie Canal and catching “West

Side Story” at Glimmerglass Opera

in Cooperstown.

Anne Rienecke Clark: I helped

Gwen Speel Kaplan celebrate her

80th in Richmond last February. I

flew up from Florida, and my daughter

(who has been good friends for

years with Gwen’s daughter) and her

husband flew down from New York

City. Gwen had all her family there

too. Then, to reciprocate, Gwen and

Ellie came up to NYC, and we “girls”

celebrated mine in the big city. We always

joke that Gwen is two months

older; so at 80 I really rubbed it in!

Rhett Ball Thagard: Greetings

from Chautauqua, in beautiful upstate

New York. Next, lovely Hudson

River Valley to celebrate with

West Point grandson as he receives

his senior class ring. Then dinner in

the city with NYU grandson. Finally,

back to Sweet Home Alabama.

Barbara Murphy Hale: We

just had our first gathering in 18

years of all children at one time at

Virginia Beach. Much fun. Caring

for the farm is becoming very

challenging, but we still love living

in the Maryland marsh country.


Richmond’s Class of ‘60 met

for lunch in May, beginning at

Mickey Svoboda’s house and

then to lunch across the street

at the Country Club. Not bad for

80-year-olds, or almost so. Front

row: Jane Ellis Covington, Micki

Oliveri Svoboda, Anita Perrin

Towell. Second row: Gwen Speel

Kaplan, Carolyn King Ratcliffe,

Grace Suttle, Isabel Ware Burch.

Back row: Susan Hendricks

Slayman, Ginger Newman

Blanchard, Patti Powell Pusey,

Mary Ellen Dohs Acey

Sandy Schuhmacher Lawrence:

Few in our class may remember me

because I transferred to University

of Texas after our sophomore year.

I am living in Southlake, TX, now.

Husband has dementia, but we’ll

celebrate our 55th anniversary in

October, and our three children and

five grandchildren and pets are the

joys of our lives.

Gwen Speel Kaplan: This is the

sixth year that our Richmond-area

alumnae have gotten together in May

to celebrate SBC ’60. Mickey Oliveri

Svoboda hosted us for a lovely lunch

at the Country Club of Virginia. No

one would guess that some of us

have already celebrated, or will soon

celebrate, 80th birthdays!

Teddy Hill and Liz Few Penfield:

We are still spending winters at

The Marshes, a retirement community

on Skidaway Island, which is a

few miles from Savannah, and summers

in Carbondale, CO, in a homesteader’s

log cabin Liz and her husband

bought and resurrected 40 or

so years ago. Another favorite place

of ours is New York City; last year

we were lucky enough to spend some

time there with classmates Grace

Suttle, Norris Smith, and Kadri

Niider. The only thing missing these

days is an animal friend, dog or cat,

unless you count the mice in the cabin

and very friendly raccoons at The


Nancy Corson Gibbes: A favorite

was a trip to Portugal and

Spain staying in the posados and

paradores. Finding the pension that

I lived in for a month in Sevilla was

a full circle.

Lee Cullum: Currently I host a

program of interviews with CEOs

on the PBS affiliate in North Texas.

The one who’s gotten the greatest

response in recent months is Mark

Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks

who also appears on Shark Tank

on ABC. Watch out for him, he may

run for president.

Heidi Wood Huddleston: I continue

to divide time between Kentucky

and my home in Hilton Head,

S.C. I was fortunate to have all three

girls and all grands visit me this summer.

So it was back-to-back guests,

which I loved. The biggest news is

that I will be a great-grandmother

in a couple of months! My grandson,

who just got his master’s in divinity,

and his wife who got her bachelor’s

in biblical studies/counseling at the

same time, are proud parents-to-be.

Granddaughter Alexandra and husband

live in Knoxville, where she is

a labor and delivery nurse. And Sophia,

my other granddaughter, just

returned with Kristina, my youngest

daughter, from their yearly visit back

to Vienna and a trip to northern Italy.

Sophia just started high school! I

plan to accompany them next summer

— still mulling over where to go.

Elizabeth Meade Howard: Enjoying

peddling my books near and

not so far…. En route, happy to run

into some friendly Sweet Briar classmates.

Margo Sauer Meyer: I recently

discovered that the Sweet Briar rose

is growing along with a mass of other

“wild stuff ” beside the path leading

to the beach of our summer home.

I photographed the blossom with

its petals and dark green leaves that

when gently rubbed, give off a sweet

apple-like aroma. While researching,

I was reminded of Shakespeare’s love

for the Sweet Briar rose as opposed

to other wild roses that look but

don’t have any aroma at all. (Sonnet

#54). Making the assumption, then,

that as graduates of SBC, we are all

Sweet Briar roses (metaphorically, of

course), my next question would be,

were we simply “flowers fair?” I think

Shakespeare would say that because

the Sweet Briar rose blossom is consumed

by the value of its sweet apple

fragrance, so were we as blossoming

graduates consumed with our own

unique value.

Isabel Ware Burch: I celebrated

my 80th birthday in Philadelphia

with all of my children and grandchildren.

That same weekend my

grandson, Owen, graduated from

the George School and is going to

the George Washington University

School of International Affairs this

fall. In July, I spent almost two weeks

in Austin, Texas, where I was a deputy

to General Convention of the

Episcopal Church. It was an amazing

experience. In August, I enjoyed

visits from children and grandchildren.

My son, Charlie Hall, is still

enjoying touring with his band, the

War on Drugs. They won a Grammy

in January for Best Rock Album of

the Year.

Patti Powell Pusey: Our Richmond

and close-by classmates again

enjoyed our annual get-together.

Mickey Oliveri Svoboda treated

us to appetizers at her home and

then lunch at the Country Club of

Virginia. Several of us attended the

recent beautiful memorial service for

Anita Perrin Towell’s husband. It’s a

true blessing to share all stages of life

with our classmates.

Linda Sims Grady Newmark:

In April Frank and Jane Tatman

Walker stopped in Atlanta on their

way home to Indianapolis from

their winter home in Sarasota. Nina

Wilkerson Bugg and Bill, Ann

Crowell Lemmon and Phyz, and I

had a delightful weekend visit with

them. Ann and Phyz hosted a wonderful

dinner for us all. All hope to

make it to SBC in 2020 for our 60th.

Barbara Beam Denison: Best to

all from Beam & George. Turning 80

has been a blast so far — still painting,

golfing, swimming, and traveling;

so all is well

Gale Walker Young: Most recently

I am in the middle of reading

of classmate Elizabeth Meade

Howard’s Aging Famously. Just

checking in here to recommend it,

highly. It’s engaging to pair readings

— try Bp. Spong with Carol

Channing, or Laurent de Brunhoff

with Gordon Parks. Sparks will fly,

connections made, and the power of

role-models enhanced, this reader


Melissa Meyers Gibbs: Still going

strong — 55 years in the same

apartment in New York — last year

I celebrated my 80th on a Silversea

cruise to Galapagos. I just returned

from another Silversea cruise to

Alaska. I keep busy by volunteering

at Mount Sinai (Roosevelt) West,

which I have done for over 30 years.

We attend the opera (Met), ballet

(American Ballet Theater), and onand

off-Broadway theater.

Lucy Martin Gianino: Busy,

busy, busy what with six grandchildren

and their parents coming

and going from our beach home on

Fire Island this summer. I continue

my acting career, having shot a Law

and Order Special Victims Unit

segment a few months ago and have

been doing other theatrical projects

in the city. I have taken on a huge

job as co-president of my beloved

nonprofit NYC-Parents-in-Action

organization. We work with 30 to

40 independent schools in the city

to provide parenting education on

everything from preschool concerns,

social media, drugs, alcohol and the

second stage of sending children off

to college! Of course, my heart is always

with SBC and our class. 1960

was and is the best class ever. Thank

you everyone for your continued responses

and good humor.

Thanks to Carolyn King Ratcliffe,

we learned of the death of Anita

Perrin Towell’s husband, Richard,

in mid-August. We send Anita our

love and prayers of comfort.

Lura Coleman Wampler: I feel

so fortunate to be healthy and able to

keep up with the care of the animals

here on the farm as well as the maintenance

of the property. The best

times are when some or all of our

seven grandchildren come to visit! I

sit on numerous committees at my

church, garden club, and the Shipley

School. I also do a fair amount of

judging of horticulture and photography.

In a weak moment I agreed

to have our farm on a garden tour

next spring; so this will require a lot

of preparation. Thank you all who

responded to my request for news;

keeping in touch stirs up wonderful

old memories and lets us make new


fall 2018




Parry Ellice Adam


33 Pleasant Run Rd.

Flemington, N.J. 08822


Laura Connerat Lawton: The

news from Savannah is that Chloe

Fort is moving back to Nashville

after a number of years in her attractive

townhouse in the historic

district. Chloe was always available

for lunch or other activities, and as

the great cook she has always been,

she attracted lots of people to her

house for supper. Chloe has always

been a supporter of the arts and was

a benefit to our local Telfair Art Museum.

She will be missed by all her

Savannah friends who are counting

on her return visits. On my visits to

Charlottesville to see my daughter,

I always enjoy seeing Fran Oliver

Palmer and Ginger Borah Meislahn,

who conveniently live on the

same campus at Westminster Canterbury.

Ginger is often traveling

somewhere with attractive husband

Skip Meislahn, and Fran always has

a place for me in her extra bedroom.

Fran has introduced me to pickleball,

but I explained I didn’t want to ruin

my tennis game. She still wins all the

points at tennis; so it didn’t hurt her

game at all. I get to see Ann Ritchey

Baruch, who lives across the river on

Spring Island, but not enough. She

disappears when the weather gets

too hot down here in Georgia and

South Carolina, but I’ll see her in

the fall.

Mary Jane Schroder Oliver

Hubbard: Just got back with James

from our August at Chautauqua. A

great time: I was asked to sing in the

“Pie Jesu” solo in the Faure Requiem

with the choir/orchestra, performing

in the newly renovated amphitheater.

Went great! Spent part of May

trekking in Scotland, completing St.

Cuthbert’s Way with my same group

who walked the English Way of the

Camino des Santiago through Galatia

two falls ago. Prior to heading for

Chautauqua, James and I were part

of a choir serving a choir residency

at the Cathedral of Gloucester, England,

for a week. A great trip! Kids

and grandkids are all terrific. Son

Jasper is a great teacher with “teacher

of the year” awards; Shelley, my SBC

daughter-in-law, is a very super pharmaceutical

rep.; grandson Loren will

become a teenager in September and

is a terrific soccer and lacrosse player;

his sister, Emily Hamilton, is a stellar

swimmer and lacrosse whiz AND

an artist par excellence. James’ seven

grands are, in fact, quite GRAND,

too. James once again failed retirement

as he has been called to the

Episcopal church in Lexington, VA,

a church that may be known by many

of our classmates. At its founding it

was named Grace Church, but was

renamed “Robert E. Lee” shortly

afterward. With the current political

turmoils through the country,

the parish changed the name back

to Grace Church. The church has

gone through an upheaval over this,

and the difficulties resulted in James

being called as interim rector. He is

very gifted in this sort of work so has

hopes for the best. It does mean the

back and forth trip over the mountain

on Route 60 and lots of hard

work, but we will pray that all goes

well. Also, in October, I had a very

successful art showing that filled the

Academy Center (Lynchburg) main


Do stay tuned for all the amazing

progress as it appears from campus.

We all should be very proud and

grateful. - Parry


Allie Stemmons Simon

3701 Guadalajara Ct.

Irving, Texas 75062


Greetings, Ladies of ’63! Our

55th Reunion is history and what

a grand time it was! Sixteen of us

were there, plus two husbands, and a

couple of others who came for a day!

Pictures are posted online, including

a couple of McNair and me accepting

three silver bowls for our class’s

43 percent giving percentage (Yes!),

and our over $1 million in gifts to

Sweet Briar during fiscal year 2017-

2018! Congratulations and thanks

to all – and let’s keep it up! The Class

of 1963 is not done!! After that great

news I must move on to some sad

news. The daughter of Carol Crowley

Karm has notified Sweet Briar of

the death of her mother on June 29,

2018. And while I was still digesting

that came an email from Ginger

Mitchell that Cynthia Hooten

Magowan died on August 23 from

a brain aneurysm – suddenly and


Our sympathy goes out to the

families of both. And two of our dear

classmates have lost their husbands

of many years. On April 16, Jane

Yardley Amos’s husband, John, had

an unexpected heart attack and died

at their kitchen table. Strong woman

that she is, Jane fired up her RV and

came on to Reunion, picking up four

classmates along the way: Nancy

Dixon Brown, Susan Scott Robinette,

Lucy Otis Anderson, and

Betsy Parker McColl. According to

Nancy, they had a blast! On July 15,

Tom Holmes, husband of Margaret

Millender Holmes, also died of a

heart attack. Tom had suffered from

Parkinson’s for many years and Maggie

had patiently cared for him. Our

bereft classmates are in our thoughts

and prayers.

Now to happier things – practically

every note I received was a

celebration of our Reunion or regret

at being unable to attend. It appears

55th college reunions conflict with

high school graduations of grandchildren!

Or in one case, the birth

of a first grandson, Jack Fontaine

Keown to Stevie Fontaine Keown

and Mark. Everyone seemed to be

traveling the rest of this summer –

the Keowns were off for a trip to

England, Scotland, and Ireland on

a small ship stopping at out-of-theway

ports and islands and ending up

in Edinburgh. Nancy Dixon Brown

followed up her RV adventure with

an Alaska cruise and a trip to Arizona

helping her nephew’s family get

settled after moving from Seattle.

Ginger Cates Mitchell and Ed took

four grandchildren on their own

Alaskan adventure, and according to

Ginger, “we hope it was as memorable

for them as it was for us!” In the

fall Ginger and Ed were planning a

barge trip through the Champagne

area of France.

Jean Meyer Aloe reports that she

just got back from 10 days in Poland,

attending a poetry writing workshop

held in a castle in the countryside.

Her room was in the “tower” up

an old curved stone staircase. Her

12-year-old grandson just spent two

weeks in a gifted program at UVa.

Sue Jones Cansler and Chuck were

among those who missed our Reunion

due to a graduation. Two of

their three grandchildren are now in

college, Southern Methodist University

and Louisiana State University,

and the third is “looking at” Sweet

Briar (fingers crossed). They are off

to spend three weeks at the Chautauqua

Institute in western New

York, looking forward to great programs

and cooler weather! Jane Goodridge,

who drove over from Richmond

on our Reunion on Saturday,

is now going to visit an old friend

in Mission Viejo, CA. Betty Stanly

Cates was lavish in her praise of Reunion

and of President Woo. Betty is

off to North Carolina for her brother’s

80th birthday.

Both Betsy Parker McColl

and McNair Curry Maxwell sent

thanks and congratulations to our

classmates for prize-winning generosity

to the Sweet Briar Fund. Mc-

Nair particularly worked very hard

on the fundraising. Afterward she

and Bob went to a cousin’s birthday

in South Carolina, then to stay at a

famous old inn and a log cabin in a

tree farm in North Carolina. Finally,

they spent the last week of August

with children and grandchildren on

the coast of Oregon.

Keitt Matheson Wood and

Frank (one of the brave husbands

who came to Reunion) had a good

visit with Anne Leavell Reynolds

and Herbert in Louisville before

their trip to Sweet Briar and afterward

visited them again at their

home in Hershey, PA. Then the

Woods continued to Colorado for

what is becoming an annual visit

with Heinz and me, bringing along

their daughter, Helen, who lives in

Denver. They also visited son Gordon

and his family in Kansas City,

where their two grandsons are freshmen

in college and high school, respectively.

A few of us are still working

and refusing to slow down. Irene

Pschorr Belknap writes, “I continue

to work on my paintings, having

done many series. Google “Irene

Belknap” and check out my website

if you are interested. We adore living

just outside of San Francisco. We

look forward to the next “Culture

Vulture” season and attend many

concerts, operas and theatre.”

Pat Calkins Wilder has had a

busy season with a few weeks photographing

in Portugal, showing work


MLHA with sons 40 years apart

at seven art shows around the East

Coast, visiting family in Seattle and

other family visiting from England,

and “hours and hours of watering

the gardens just to keep them going

between rare rain events.” Anne

Funkhouser Strite-Kurz sends

news that she and Bill are moving

to Easton, MD, in November to be

closer to their children. Anne will

not be retiring since she is returning

to the region where she started

her embroidery-teaching career but

looks forward to cutting back her

schedule and doing fewer long-distance

seminars. Karen Gill Meyer

and Jim continue to enjoy their work

as financial consultants in Phoenix

and have taken on two partners who

allow them the luxury of flexible

time. They attend quarterly meetings

at Kansas University, where Jim is on

the Chancellor’s Athletic Board.

A last-minute note from Katharine

Bradford Collins says she spent

a lot time out in the woods enjoying

Wyoming summer. Sarah Hitch

Hill and Harvey visited her in late

July, and they had a wonderful time

hiking and catching up. Heinz and

I (Allie Stemmons Simon) spent

the summer on our mountaintop in

Snowmass Village, CO, and feeling

very sorry for our friends who were

frying in Texas. I just attended (by

phone) my last Sweet Briar board

meeting. It has been a privilege to

work with this extraordinary group

of people who have literally resurrected

our College. I am proud of

what has been accomplished and

look forward to a great future. Best

to you all - Allie


Peggy Aurand

26387 Oak Plain Drive

Santa Clarita, Calif. 91321


Nancy Banfield Feher and husband

Ted enjoyed a beautiful cruise

on the Adriatic Sea and then visited

Lake Como.

Ginny Debuys relays that her

husband Jerry’s golfing adventures

take her places where, more often

than not, she has a classmate. This

past spring, they went to Mountain

Lakes in Lake Wales, FL. Allison

Jennings McCance is living there.

Always caring Ginny, with the help

of Allison’s caregivers, arranged to

have tea with her. Even though Allison

won’t remember the visit, they

connected while Ginny was there

and had a good time. Ginny played

the video of Claire Hughes Knapp

and the class singing “Fever” for her,

and later sent a copy. It is likely that

Ginny and Jerry will return this

coming spring, and they’ll repeat the

visit. This fall they go to Sea Island,

where Ginny hopes to see Nancy

Hall Green. This past summer she

enjoyed a few days at Sweet Work

Weeks at Sweet Briar, eating very

well as the food is delicious now. After

that, Jerry joined her for a tour of

Hot Springs, VA (the Homestead),

and White Sulphur Springs near

Lewisburg, W.Va., where they took

the Greenbrier Bunker tour. While

there, they went to a state fair, and

Ginny showed Jerry where she went

to Camp Allegheny. Further travel

took them to Asheville, N.C., where

they toured the Biltmore and visited

her sister-in-law. They stopped

in Brevard, N.C., where Ginny was

able to see Mibs Sebring Raney and

Bev. A stop in Savannah, GA, was

Ginny DeBuys ’64 visits Allison Jennings McCance ‘64

where they enjoyed the best food.

Finally, they came to rest at home.

She admits missing the mountains

but very much enjoyed being in the


Mary Green Borg is still teaching

a full load of American history

and Colorado history, how to be a

secondary social studies teacher, and

mentoring her department’s student

teachers at UNC. As if that weren’t

enough, she teaches a Writing Your

Life class at the Greeley Senior

Center. She is blessed with five terrific

sons, their wonderful spouses/

girlfriends and 12 grands. The first

grandchild is off to college this fall.

One of her kids just reminded her

that pretty soon she will have been a

widow longer than she was married!

Life for Mary is weird, often unexpected,

but she has found it always

profoundly interesting, challenging

at times, and mostly absolutely delightful

and fun.

Hedi Haug White reports that

she has finally retired — to the extent

one ever retires from a family

business. She and Tom are both well

and looking forward to another ski

winter. She plans to go to our 55th!!

and is looking forward to it! Yes!

Martha “Tuck” Mattern Harvey

says that she and Ralph continue to

spend six months each in Texas and

Virginia. This year, they are leaving

Virginia a little earlier than usual so

she can have her right knee replaced

in Texas. She and Ralph both think

all they do is go to doctors and funerals.

Says Martha: “This old age stuff

is not fun!”

Lynne Smith Crow is still traveling.

Last fall she went to Bangkok

and Myanmar. She says that she

liked Bangkok but that Myanmar,

although interesting, was not her favorite

place. This past spring, she did

a cruise in the Baltic. Luckily, every

day was beautiful. She stepped off

the plane in Newark, and it started

to rain! This past summer she rented

a house on the Cape (Chatham)

with her two married children, their

spouses, and three grandchildren,

with one on the way. She has a lot

of family there, too. She has another

trip scheduled for October. Because

of her traveling habit, Lynne is still


Your scribe, Peggy Aurand, is

enjoying running her vacation rental

in Honolulu. Fortunately, despite

three days of ominous coverage on

the Weather Channel, Oahu dodged

a bullet, remaining unscathed from

Hurricane Lane. She and some California

friends planned to head to

Hawaii at the end of September for

a fun stay. In August, she enjoyed a

wonderful visit from her younger

son, Peter, from Taiwan.

fall 2018




Sally Hubbard

47 Parsons Green Circle

Sewanee, Tenn. 37375


Eugenia Caldwell and husband

Peter are enjoying a cool, sunny San

Francisco summer, marred sometimes

by summer winds and fog!

Classmates are so welcome to visit.

Their big news is that they’re going

on a birding trip to Madagascar for

the month of November. Eighty

percent of the flora and fauna are endemic,

and they’re looking forward

to the 20 species of lemur as much

as the birds.

Melinda Musgrove Chapman is

so glad that our 50th reunion did not

turn out to be our last. She turned 75

on Mothers’ Day and is starting her

fourth quarter! Her family is scattered

all over the country. Her son

and his wife and her oldest daughter

are in Dallas. Her oldest grandson

is out of college and working in San

Diego. His sisters are both college

seniors, one in Boston and one in

Auburn. Their younger brother is a

freshman at King’s College in NYC.

Melinda’s youngest daughter is in

Birmingham; her college student is

at Appalachian State in Boone N.C.;

her daughter, the youngest grandchild,

is in 10th grade. Melinda loves

Face Time. She is still selling houses

and has too much energy to retire.

See you in 2020!

Eileen Stroud Clark says all is

well with her family. They live in

Rehoboth, DE, nine months of the

year and Palm Springs, CA, the rest.

Their three children are married, and

they have 12 grandchildren. After 40

years of working in IT and volunteering,

she is now taking it easy. She

hopes to see Mel Freese Cota at the

end of August.

Foy Roberson Cooley is traveling

from Montana to Utah and back

to New Jersey soon and hopes to see

Mel when she visits Connecticut in


Mel Freese Cota celebrated her

75th birthday with a grand family reunion.

She has six grandchildren and

the oldest is 17. Daughter Vicky and

family live in Mexico City and spend

the summers in Santander, Spain;

Vicky’s daughter just celebrated her

15th birthday. Memo lives with Mel

and Alberto and will care for his father

while Mel travels with son Beto

and his daughters for a visit at their

home in Connecticut in September.

After 50 years in the same house,

Alice Foster Ficken moved to a

nearby cluster-home neighborhood.

She loves the house and has wonderful

friends in the neighborhood,

and her yard is completely taken

care of by the HOA. She hopes to

get together with suitemates Elvira

McMillan Mannelly, Libba Hanger

Luther, and Aline Rex McEvoy in

the fall in the N.C. mountains.

Babette Fraser Hale and her

97-year-old husband, Leon, have

recently traveled to NYC and across

Texas catching up with grandchildren

and far-flung relatives. Her novel

manuscript has been submitted to

publishers by her agent, and she is

working on a story collection. She’s

busy also with fundraising for Winedale

and with voter turnout and

her newspaper column. Leon and

Babette continue to write about their

life experiences and connections, and

recast memory into novel, interesting

shapes. Follow them on Facebook

and Twitter. Babette is in touch with

Marianne Micros, who has written

at least five books, the latest of which

is a fascinating story collection, EYE,

which came out in July.

Bunny Sutton Healy says, “Patience

is a virtue” — and she’s delighted

to see first grandchild Eliza

in Denver every couple of months.

Bunny is healthy, energetic, and busier

than when she was working.

Sally McCrady Hubbard is on

a pink cloud of gratitude for the opportunity

to walk 110 miles of the

Camino de Santiago with daughter

Anna, 52, of San Francisco. She

had drive-by visits recently with son

Hayne and Katie as they took their

daughter Margaret to begin college

at Carnegie Mellon in Pittsburgh.

She’s caring for her brother Waring

McCrady for the next few weeks as

he recovers from foot surgery. Incidentally,

Waring went to France with

Sweet Briar in 1958 so is considered

an SBC alumnus.

After 30 years in Florida, Libba

Hanger Luther and husband

Steve are happily settled in Trilogy,

a 55-and-over community in Denver,

N.C., near 6 of their 10 grandchildren,

who live nearby on Lake

Norman. The lake has 500 miles of

The Cota family celebrates Mel’s 75th birthday! Beto and family are on

the left; Vicky and family on the right, with Memo and Mel’s brother Dick

and wife, Sigrid. Queretaro, Aug. 13, 2018

shoreline and is just north of Charlotte.

They’ve downsized but have a

guest room and invite us all to visit.

She says, “Happy 75th Birthday to

one and all.”

Nancy MacMeekin is enjoying

retirement with family, friends,

church, and volunteer work. She

travels with Vicky Thoma Barrette

to various places, including a recent

“Uncruise Adventure” on the Columbia

and Snake rivers in the Pacific


Mary K. Lee McDonald’s work

as our Class Fund Agent was spectacularly

successful; she and her crew

enjoyed personal contact with many

classmates and inspired a class-giving

percentage of 39.8% and total

contributions of $106,980. Mary

K. still helps clients with real estate

needs. She does house and 20-yearold

landscaping maintenance; she’s

helping sell John’s HUGE model

railroad collection and traveling.

Dasha “Daria” Obolensky Morgan:

Daria has enjoyed local SBC

club get-togethers and would love

to hear from classmates. Her biggest

interests are gardening, music,

and tennis, but she also writes for

and edits family publications, weekly

Tribune newspapers, and her

nephew’s monthly magazine, Capital

at Play. With her brother she is

re-publishing her grandfather Alexis

Obolensky’s memoirs, updated with

photos and other writings. From this

project she has learned details of her

mother’s escape as a baby from Russia

during the Revolution. She and

local cousins recently celebrated the

refurbishing and placement of the

plane her uncle Bob Morgan piloted,

the Memphis Belle, at the Air Force

Museum in Dayton.

Laura Haskell Phinizy continues

caring for Stewart, who has Alzheimer’s,

and once again enjoyed all

the family at their Kanuga cottage in


Carol Reifsnyder Rhoads announces

the sale of their Colorado

house and purchase of a home right

off the Blue Ridge Parkway between

Boone and Blowing Rock. They are

having fun exploring this part of

N.C. They had a great reunion at

Kill Devil Hills in August with their

three kids and their families. She’s

glad to return to the East Coast closer

to their daughter.

After breast cancer treatment in

2017, Saralyn McAfee Smith’s thin

straight hair grew in thick and curly.

She and Hamp are doing okay. Older

granddaughter Sierra lives with

them; she is in her second semester

of college and does deskwork at a

local motel after classes. Younger

granddaughter Cheyenne just entered

middle school. Daughter Laura

is the sales manager and fundraiser

for the Boot Hill Museum and organized

a revival involving more than

15 churches this summer.

After 4 decades, Chris Kilcullen

Thurlow and Steve have moved from

Greenwich, CT, to Grand Harbor in

Vero Beach, FL, for golf, biking, and

beaching. Their six grandmonsters

are still in Connecticut; so they spent


much of the summer there, and also

traveled to Niagara Falls and Banff

for golf and over-eating with friends.

For their 50th anniversary, they

plan to take the whole family —

kids, spouses, and grands — rafting

through the Grand Canyon. Health

is good and life is full of blessings.


Susan Sudduth Dodson Hiller

4811 Garrison Rd.

Little Rock, Ariz. 72223


Congratulations to the Sweet

Briar Board of Directors for their

wisdom in selecting our classmate

Keenan Colton Kelsey to become

a member! We know well that she

will be excellent as she serves in this

position. She writes that she attended

her first Board meeting in August

and says that she “is so pleased” and

“in awe” to be on the Board. While

at SBC, she saw Jane Nelson, who

was there doing Sweet Work Weeks

work. Since Makanah Dunham

Morris came over for lunch on

Sunday, they had a mini-reunion!

Keenan also keeps busy with periodic

preaching, involvement with

kids and grandkids, 12-step work,

and political campaigning and fundraising.

In other words, she “is finally

enjoying retirement!”

Speaking of Jane Nelson … she

says that retirement continues to be

very busy, as she spends time between

Richmond and her home in

Culpeper. Anne Ward Stern, her

sister Dearing Ward Johns ’63, and

Dearing’s husband, Harry, had a

lovely visit with Jane when they came

to Culpeper for lunch in July, when

Anne was visiting Dearing in Charlottesville.

Jane is looking forward

to seeing roommates Keenan, Penn

Willits Fullerton, and Susan Sudduth

Hiller in September for their

annual gathering and also plans to

see Randi Miles Long and husband

Herb on the same trip. As Keenan

noted, Jane was at SBC for Sweet

Work Weeks. Also, she continues

to enjoy her niece, nephew, and their


Penn Willits Fullerton sent her

news from the deck of their cabin

on the Boulder River in Montana,

where they go to fly fishing every

summer. “Golden days shared with

family.” She says that she and her

husband, George, are blessed with

good health and family nearby. She

agrees that it will be wonderful to be

with the three SBC roommates in

Ashland, OR, this fall. Penn enjoys

teaching creative writing in her local

elementary school. “Life is full and


Anne Ward Stern writes that

she still lives in Cincinnati with Ed,

her husband of 50 years. He has

some challenging health issues but

continues to direct plays around the

country. She is enjoying retirement

(Is there a theme here?), loving the

time she spends with family and

friends, volunteering at a drug and

alcohol treatment center, and riding

her horse, Dickens. In addition to

the visit with Jane Nelson, she also

caught up with Bunny [aka Bonnie]

Cord and Nel Wheatly Turner.

Bunny lives in Houston and was visiting

family in Cincinnati. They chatted

with Nel in Virginia via phone.

“It is such a blessing that our SBC

friendships are a continual source of

joy and support!” [Amen!]

Makanah Dunham Morris and

husband Bob celebrated their 35th

wedding anniversary at Chautauqua,

along with Betty Booker Morris,

Bob’s brother Dabney, and Susie

Helm, and her husband, Nelson.

The programs while they were there

focused on “how ‘American identity’

needs to stretch and evolve to genuinely

include diversity in new ways.”

Later in July they had a wonderful

trip to England and Scotland with

the Jefferson Choral Society. (Bob

is a member.) They sang in several

cathedrals in Liverpool, Edinburgh,

Glasgow, and also a Benedictine Abbey.

“Very grateful.”

Mary Ann Farmer Calhoun:

“I guess Tom and I are the proudest

grandparents after attending

our oldest grandson Miller Farley’s

graduation from St. Christopher’s in

Richmond. With honors and soccer

awards, he is off to Virginia Tech in

the fall!” Her roommate Jane Strickler

has a granddaughter at Georgia

Tech in Atlanta. She is still enjoying

her dance and tennis and spends

many weekends with friend Bill

Word in Highlands, N.C. Mary Ann

and Tom enjoyed a family (all 16 of

them!!) beach trip on Tybee Island.

They also have planned in August a

riverboat cruise into Puget Sound,

around the San Juan Islands, and to

Victoria, B.C.

Pam Jones Brown and her husband,

Joe, celebrated 52 years of

marriage in August! He still practices

law full time, and Pam has her

Stoneprints Jewelry business and

enjoys sharing with many collectors

and clients. In that pursuit, she loves

working with natural gemstones and

ancient amulets collected from her

travels. She sells privately from her

studio and trunk shows. “We are

blessed with four sons, five grands,

and now a great-grandson! My love

to all of our classmates!”

Susie Moseley Helm and her

husband, Nelson, spent the summer

at their wonderful place at Chautauqua,

N.Y. Son Pen was with them

for a bit, and all is well with Ted

and Steph in Somerville. She truly

enjoyed seeing Makanah Dunham

Morriss, Betty Booker Morriss,

and Marcy Fisher at Chautauqua

this summer.

Barbara D. Van Cleve stays very

busy visiting her grown children and

their families in Seattle, Tulsa, and

central Illinois. Her oldest and family

live nearer to her, in Greensboro,

N.C. She took her daughter and

granddaughter to Paris in May and

will travel to Spain in the fall. It is

easy to see why her friends in High

Point tease her that she is never

home. “They might be right, but life

is good, and there’s so much to learn

and celebrate.”

Sally Thomas Hoffman and

her husband, Paul, live near Seattle

on five wooded acres in Snohomish,

near a large equestrian park, where

they see many animals — deer, raccoons,

coyotes, bobcats, bears, eagles,

herons, ravens, hawks, and owls. Sally

has been retired for more than 20

years from a career as an engineer in

electronics and medical devices. Her

husband worked at Boeing. She enjoys

the Seattle chapter of the American

Sewing Guild as well as her big,

fenced vegetable garden. Her battery-operated

chain saw is kept busy

as she attempts to “neaten up” the

woods. She especially likes the lily

of the valley, trillium, and others that

grow there. They travel to visit their

nieces and nephews and grandnieces

and grandnephews, who live all over

the country and Brazil. Traveling

widely, they have been to Mexico,

Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, China,

Canada, Hawaii, and Australia. Future

plans include Hungary, where

Paul’s father lived, and to Prague,

perhaps also France and Portugal.

Dianna Rankin reports that she

now happily lives in Florida, having

moved there six years ago. Her oldest

son and his family live nearby. All

five children are doing well: oldest

daughter is an attorney, married with

two children, living in Toronto; second

daughter is a teacher/librarian/

writer, married with three children,

living in Wisconsin; oldest son is in

tech sales, married with one child;

youngest daughter is a tech guru, unmarried,

living in lovely Los Gatos,

CA; and youngest son, unmarried,

lives and works in Wisconsin, where

he graduated from the university.

She attended the Kentucky Derby

this past May and got to see close

up the winner, Justify, who went on

to win the Triple Crown. It was her

first Derby and number one on her

bucket list. While in the area, she

also visited Thoroughbred horse

farms in Lexington and the impressive

Kentucky Horse Park.

Randi Miles Long says that she

feels so fortunate to have Penn Mullin

Fullerton and Keenan Colton

Kelsey nearby. Through them, she

gets to keep up with Jane Nelson

and Susan Sudduth Hiller. “ Time

marches on — grandchildren are

getting older” (one graduated this

year from George Washington and

another will be a sophomore next

year, studying engineering). There

are still two younger ones. Randi enjoys

gardening, birding, volunteering

(in community and local Presbyterian

church), and traveling. Being part

of an interfaith group of Christian,

Muslim, and Jewish women is one

of the most meaningful things she is

currently involved in.

This is Susan Sudduth Hiller,

now telling my story. I have truly

enjoyed acting as class secretary and

gathering these accounts. While

assembling and entering them, I

have felt Ms. Ethel Rammage over

my shoulder, making sure that my

grammar and punctuation are correct.

(If you find any errors, please

don’t tell me!) Chuck and I are also

enjoying our retirement years. He

is involved in many activities. I continue

to be especially focused on my

triple efforts as a grief counselor, lay

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chaplain, and Hospice volunteer. I

was truly humbled by being named

Volunteer of the Year for Arkansas

Hospice and have now been asked to

join their board. Also, I am working

in a number of capacities with St.

Margaret’s Episcopal Church. Even

though still heavy-of-heart over the

passing of our precious 16.5-yearold

Cardigan Corgi Finian in October,

we are blessed to have sweet

puppy Drea (short for Andreas,

Welsh for Andrew), who came from

the same kennel. My daughter is still

amazingly busy being an attorney,

mom to dear Katie, Andrew, and

Ethan, wife, gardener, skier (hmm…

where did she get that interest?),

traveler, etc. etc. I am so proud of her.

I do thank each one of you who sent

me your wonderful information. I

have thoroughly enjoyed getting a bit

caught up in your lives.


Stephanie Lucas Harrison

5458 Lynbrook Drive

Houston, Texas 77077


Gail Robins O’Quin: “ We’re

back from Alaska and still cannot get

back in the grind. We had a grand

trip; I had no idea of the majesty of

the state. We did hear a presentation

on the Iditarod Race. Back in the

70s, I had a plea from an SBC graduate

(several years ahead of us) for

money to support her poodles in the

race; I sent her $50 that we did not

have, struggling with family, school

tuition, etc. I finally found out that

there was a team of poodles that actually

finished the race, but the head

musher was a man. Had to have been

the same team. One of the presenters

did assure me that the poodles died

because their coats froze; I didn’t

sleep for two nights, sure that I had

killed poodles, but she was obviously

just pulling my leg! Does anyone remember

any of the story of an SBC

graduate being involved with this

race with poodles? We’re off to Costa

Rica in November; Bill and I decided

that we’d better get in all the traveling

that we can while we’re still able!”

Pat Neithold Hertzberg: “Mike

and I have done a lot of celebrating

this summer: For the big 50th anniversary,

we were in the mountains in

Susan Tucker ’67 (center), honorary chairman of the Forward Arts

Fashion Show Luncheon in Atlanta with co-chair Duvall Fuqua (left) and

co-chair Aimee Chubb

southern Spain with Diana Cassidy

Rich ’69 and husband Sandy. Celebrated

our nephew’s high school

graduation in Niagara Falls. Relaxed

in North Topsail Beach, N.C., where

Mike and my brother commiserated

their adjoining birthdays. In Florida

for seven months, starting in December.

Have seen Pat Sadtler Baxter

and Maria Wigglesworth Hemmings


Karen Schwabenton Shipper:

“Reporting from the Colorado High

Plains, where we haven’t viewed

Pikes Peak all summer because of

smoke from wildfires out West, but

not nearby. I am delighted with last

year’s hip replacement and the fact

that otherwise I am not arthritic.

Getting back to riding my horses,

gardening, and chores without pain

was wonderful. Alas, I am currently

healing nicely from stable pelvic fractures

from falling from my very ‘Irish’

Connemara. The local hospital said I

was in great shape for a ‘horse injury.’

Meanwhile, husband John cares for

my two horses and our persnickety

barn cat.”

Carroll Randolph Barr: “All is

well with the Barr family. Spending

summer in Michigan is our usual

M.O., and we do love it, though we

are always happy to go back to Virginia,

our home on Lake Latane, our

friends, UVa athletics, and everything

that happens in Virginia. The

children and grandchildren plus lots

of cousins, nieces, and nephews, and

their friends were here for two weeks

in July; our house on the lake with

boat and other water toys was camp

headquarters! We loved it, and when

they left, I got out my blower and

blew the sand out of the house. Hesitate

to say that our health is good …

Mike still struggling with his knee …

the small percentage of people whose

knee-replacement surgery has not

been ‘the best thing I ever did.’ He is a

very good sport, but I dread another

operation, which is a possibility.”

Mary Gillespie Monroe has a

new address: 3615 Hawthorne Avenue,

Richmond, VA. 23222.

Judy Benson Stigle: “Florida has

not been a summer thrill this year

with heat, humidity, Red Tide, and

constant rain and thunderstorms.

Hoping for a nice trip but so far only

Knoxville and Indianapolis. Gotta

work harder on my guy. Working

three days a week, and life is good.”

Linda Fite: Since our last class

notes (I think), I have been to Ireland

and Scotland with two of my

three sisters plus one of their pals, a

very nice trip during which I backed

into only one stone wall. My nextborn

sister has Alzheimer’s, and

she had requested that I take her on

perhaps her last foreign journey. She

wanted to visit Northern Ireland. It

went well, she did amazingly well,

and even though I am a lazy sod, I

am very glad I was able to do that

for her. I visited Pam Ford Kelley

in Newport twice this summer (in

case you hadn’t heard, her beloved

husband, Brendan, died on May 18),

one time along with Joanne Tumolo

Bario ’68 (she transferred to George

Washington University after sophomore

year). We had a good visit,

including a terrific chamber music

concert by the Imani Winds at the

Breakers ... what a venue!! My surviving

chickens made it through the

summer, none killed by predators (I

still have five hens and Brewster the

Rooster, whose beauty makes up for

his annoying crowing). All my children

(remember that soap opera?)

seem to be doing well. And their

children, ditto. We all spent a week

together in mid-August at Bethany

Beach, DE, which is an annual

tradition going back decades. My

deal: I pay, but I don’t shop, cook, or

clean! And I just hosted a weeklong

Grammy Camp for my two Brooklyn

grandsons, which also went well

(no trips to the hospital, no poison

ivy, only one fistfight, lots of swimming,

Legos, and video games). I’m

excited to be going to Cuba in October

... a longed-for visit. Health OK.

Job good. Cars are both still running

fine (one is a 2003 Mini Cooper; the

other, a 2003 Subaru -- I like ‘em old,

like ME!). I may not be aging gracefully,

but I am aging gratefully!

Carole Munn: “Wish I could

weigh in with something fab but

got nothing new! Still living in Cape

Canaveral, FL, working as flight attendant

(48 years now), and flitting

around the world on fun trips like

parties, cruises, various causes and

donor trips. Sorry to say, no pets, not

even plants, since I’m seldom home

but so enjoy living on the beach

when I am.”

Gracey Stoddard: “Still retired

as a paid social worker but otherwise

working as a volunteer head of

a foundation (African Dream Academy

Foundation) that supports a

tuition-free, co-ed school in Liberia

West Africa. Reaching the end of

my fifth year as president, I am now

making the transition back to vice

president, while my VP becomes

the new president, a good move

for me, since eventually I will have

more time for travel, painting (new

hobby), and other, as-yet-to-be-discovered

adventures. This summer, I

enjoyed traveling to the West Coast

to visit Yosemite National Park and

San Francisco with my two sons for

a week, just before the fires got started;

visited with a group of painting

friends in New Hampshire, where

we painted au plein air, except when

there was plenty of rain to dampen

our enthusiasm; and visited with my


sister and her husband who live on

Lake Champlain in northern Vermont.

Plans were to travel to Maine

in mid-September to paint with my

same group of friends; and finally, in

mid-January, to travel solo to Vietnam

and Cambodia on a Rhodes

Scholar walking tour and to see a

high school classmate who lives in

Hanoi. Would anyone like to join


Bonnie Blew Pierie: “Tim and

I have spent the summer trying to

catch up on taking care of our Grafton

place and visiting with friends

who have come through at various

times as their travels permitted. It

seems like downsizing has come into

view here as we find we can only do

about half a day’s work compared to

our younger days. And, it sure has

been a warm summer. Still, we enjoy

it here and hope to slowly make the

dreaded ‘transition.’ I am voting for

a yard service, but Tim is adamantly

against such ... thinks we should

give it all up before he could stoop

so low! I am also wanting a new tractor

for Christmas or my birthday or

his birthday or any other occasion I

can drum up, but that it not a present

I will receive; I will have to give

it instead. He continues to row, and

I continue to ride (my daughter’s

horse). Our granddaughters are now

19 (out at Oregon State) and 17

and the twins are now 14. We had

our 50th anniversary in June with

no fanfare and had a little trip out

to see the races at Saratoga and plan

another to Vermont next week to see

friends who have rented a home near

Woodstock. There is also hope for

time to get to Cape Cod for another

chance to see old friends, but Florida

calls and may interfere.”

Ginny Stanley Douglas: “Bill

and I now have a 10-week-old puppy,

a mini Australian Shepherd we’ve

named Kipling. He is doing well

sleeping through the night; however,

he has started chewing up the

drip system in our garden with his

puppy teeth. Getting to be a very

expensive puppy. Our grandchildren,

Genna and Miles, visit us more often

so they can see Kip! They live

four blocks away, fortunately. I had

a fun trip with girlfriends to Southern

Italy in April and to Japan in

June. And I am about to leave for

Northern Italy in mid-September.

Early October was to be my 50th

reunion at the University of London.

My London roommate called me

from her home in Calgary and insisted

that I join everyone. Amazing

fun to have so many 50th reunions!

My husband, Bill (who has decided

he hates dealing with our airports),

will hold down the fort. Daughter

Rebecca, who amazingly has turned

45, is such a joy, and we are blessed

that she and our grandchildren live

so close. Can’t believe our SBC Reunion

was just over a year ago. So

much learning and living since we all

gathered in September 1963! I am

very thankful for good health and

good doctors, who have been amazing.

Joy and Good Health to all!”

Barbara Annan: “I am enjoying

life in the Black Hills of South

Dakota. I finished the restoration of

my historic home in Rapid City and

have started my application to the

DAR after years of procrastination.

Last year I completed an MFA in

creative nonfiction at Goucher College,

thus bringing my degree tally to

five. Sweet Briar’s seeds were planted

deep and numerous! The other degrees

were two in religion and two in

psychology. With that background

I have written a book on Mongolia,

looking at the cultural impact of

the Communist repression on folk

beliefs. I balance that with hiking,

hunting, and time with my Siamese

cats.” Barbara is proud of SBC for

rallying and continuing to flourish

as the flagship of women’s education.

Peggy Minis Trethewey: “Last

May, we were in Greece with me attending

my annual board meeting of

the Anatolia College of Thessaloniki.

Before that we spent one night-day

in Athens & five days in beautiful

Santorini. Honestly the sky was

so blue & the buildings so white it

looked just like the postcard pictures

you see of the Greek islands. Since

then we’ve been in Sonoma with

a nonstop stream of houseguests.

We’ve had family from Australia,

godchildren from Cleveland, and I

get more family from Savannah. It’s

been fun but exhausting. As we’ve

decided to put our Sonoma property

on the market, I think everyone is

racing to get one last visit in before

it’s gone! We will be heading back to

Palm Beach in late October & stay

there until late May. But in January

we will go to Australia for our annual

visit of one month to see Peter’s family

and to catch up with our friends

down there. We are excited because

we have tickets to the men’s semifinals

at the Australia Open (tennis).

That’s about it from me; I’m happy

to say Peter and I are healthy, as are

our families, which is such a blessing

at this age.

Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings:

“I am sitting on a plane as we are on

our way to see Emery (Wyoming) to

hike and chill and help her with her

new house. Summer was quiet, and

I loved it. Worked eight hours every

week and took a watercolor class,

which was fun and interesting. I am

trying to paint at least one painting

a week. We are back to traveling

domestic and international, then to

Florida for several months.”

Beth Glaser Isaacs: “We are

traveling like nomads! Canada, New

York (for “Hamilton”!), London, and

then Italy: Naples, Capri, Sorrento,

and the Amalfi Coast. So fortunate

to have the time, resources and energy

for all of this. President Woo is


Sandi Hoag Ippolito: “Hi all!

Don’t know how many remember

me, after all these years. Lou and I

have been living in Virginia for over

20 years now. We have four kids,

five grandchildren, five horses, three

cats, and three dogs. Lou is retired

but still teaches a couple of courses

a year in the graduate program

of George Washington University.

Our youngest and her husband have

moved back to the farm so they can

help with all the animals … and with

some free time, Lou and I are about

to embark on a new adventure. We

camped a lot when the kids were

young and loved the spontaneity of

it; so we have an RV on order, and

we will be tripping the light fantastic

on trips around the country. We will

visit places on our bucket list, visit

old friends, have new adventures.

This was something we spoke of,

even before we were married … only

took us 52 years to get around to it,

lol. Love hearing what everyone else

is doing!”

Susan Tucker: “Being named

Honorary Chair of the Forward Arts

Foundation annual Fashion Show

Luncheon was very special. The

foundation has supported the visual

arts in Atlanta since 1965. Saks Fifth

Avenue sponsored the event with a

runway show of designs from the

house of Oscar de la Renta. It was

so wonderful of fellow SBC alumna

Flossie Mobley to organize a table

of Sweet Briar friends. I continue to

enjoy work at Tucker & Associates

PR and have the best clients ever.”

Eleanor Crossley Rees: “I am

writing this from Wales at the end

of a month-old long trip around the

U.K. My husband is Welsh, and my

background is English and Scottish;

so we have had a marvelous trip in

spite of the hot weather. Our first anniversary

is next month, but we had

a two-week trip to India to celebrate

our marriage. I am blessed to still be

fit enough to travel. Life is good!”

Ted and I spent the summer

as substitute parents to our granddaughter

(10½) and learned an

enormous amount about what unsupervised

kids can find on the Internet

that you cannot block. We also

had terrific fun with her and miss

her. My older son and his family

were here over Labor Day, and my

younger son and his family live here;

so we had a blast with four consecutive

days of four little boys and happy

chaos. I am thoroughly enjoying

my work — it’s interesting and fun.

Life has been mostly work and family,

hoping someday our master bath

renovations will be finished. It’s is

very happy, and I am very blessed.


Anne Kinsey Dinan

8 Peter Cooper Road, Apt. 11F

New York, N.Y. 10010


As always, many thanks to everyone

who submitted news and photos.

Jule (Julie) Seibels Northup:

I officially retired in 2017 from the

practice of law but have enjoyed pro

bono work for Pisgah Legal Services

as well as having time to visit our

children in Houston and Seattle and

be at our house in the Virgin Islands.

The fact that I was unable to attend

the SBC Reunion was mitigated

when we got together with a group

of 10 alumnae from the class of 1980

celebrating their 60th birthdays on

Water Island! Fred and I celebrated

our 50th wedding anniversary in

June. We met while attending Sweet

Briar Junior Year in France, lived in

France twice after that, and are head-

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ed back to France in October.

Leslie Bissell Hoopes: Glad

that the 50th Reunion was such a

success! The highlight of my year

was getting a knee replacement (!),

which has enabled me to continue to

give museum tours. Our son had his

hip replaced this spring — now that

really makes me feel ancient! We’ve

lost both kids to the West Coast —

La Jolla and San Francisco. Toby

spent six weeks this summer sailing

in Newfoundland. We’re going to

Iceland to celebrate his 75th.

Frances Kirven Morse: Since

our wonderful 50th, I have done a lot

of traveling. John and I traveled with

Pembroke Herbert Kyle and Bill to

the Paso Robles region of California

and saw Hearst Castle, beautiful

Morro Bay, and lots of interesting

wineries. John and I also took each

of our granddaughters on weeklong

vacations — Ella to Yosemite

National Park (yes, with smoke!),

and Xylia to Southern California

for Universal Studios (exciting rides

and Harry Potter), beaches, and the

traveling King Tut exhibit. After all

those motion simulation rides, we

are glad to be land-based again. Still

admiring my pink and green feather

boas and that nifty ’68 Apron designed

by Pam Burwell Benton.

Jennie Lyons Fogarty: Spring

2018 brought retirement and grandchild

number nine. I spent August

traveling with a few of the other

eight and am now ready to go back

to work — for the lower activity level

and the income! Was sorry to miss

the 50th and look forward to helping

plan a mini-reunion.

Bonnie Pitman: Summer is a

time to reconnect with friends and

family and to have new experiences

to celebrate our lives. Joyfully, I was

able to accomplish two visits to see

my dear family at Lake Oscowana in

New York. Hugging grandchildren

Franny and Clark renews my body

and spirit. My son, David Gelles, is

thriving at the New York Times in

the business section with his regular

interviews of CEO’s in Corner Offices

as well as other feature stories.

I was able to attend many museum

shows in NYC — The Met’s “Heavenly

Bodies” show is a spectacular

new assessment of the collection and

the amazing couturier and roles of

the Catholic Church. A new activity

for me was attending my first Texas

Ranger’s game in 103º heat. My

book is moving forward and research

on the neuroscience of observation is

opening new ideas for my teaching.

Conover Hunt: Well, my return

to the SBC campus for our 50th was

a real eye opener, and great fun! The

Book Shop had copies of my murder

mystery, The Constitution Murders

(thank you, Diane Hunt!), and I

got to jump in the lake without being

thrown! I re-retired in April and

have spent a relaxing summer doing

nothing constructive except enjoying

Buckroe Beach and feeling confident

that SBC will survive and thrive.

Mulling another novel; I will keep

you all posted!

Nancy Hickox Wright: We just

completed a family and friends summer

odyssey across the country —

starting with seeing so many of you,

dear classmates, in June.

Linda Pattberg Meixner: I’m so

sorry to have missed the Reunion

— sounds like a great time! Life is

good in Washington, D.C. (politics

aside!). I’m still working as development

director for Woodley House,

a nonprofit residential program for

people with mental illness. Will

probably retire next year but for now,

it’s still fun. Five grandchildren, with

three close enough to visit often, and

happily in touch with Celia Newberg

Steingold and Sally Ruth May

— old friends to the max.

Toni Wikswo Best: Genie Carr

ventured out to California recently,

and we had a wonderful time. She

had great things to say about the

Reunion and friends she saw there.

I am attaching a few pictures — one

is from Genie’s visit when we went to

Arts Visalia, a local gallery that had

a show of the children’s work from

seven weeks of classes offered. She

is standing in front of wings created

by the students so they can look

like they are flying. I no longer am a

musician. Gee, no one ever said that

you had to be able to survive on your

chosen work. Instead, I am a basket

weaver and gourd artist. Many people

don’t know that I started basketry

when I was in the 8th grade. Now,

I teach classes around the country. I

was invited to teach at Arrowmont

School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg,

Tenn., two years ago and

Pocosin’s School of Fine Craft in

Columbia, N.C., as well. Since then I

have taught in Washington, Nevada,

and around the state of California.

My pieces have been featured at the

National Basketry Organization’s

conference in 2015 and Handweavers

Guild of America at their Convergence

in Reno. Attached are a

few examples of what I create. My

website is tonibest.online, and you

can also see my pieces at Toni Best

Art on Facebook. I do not drive very

far since my eyes play tricks on me;

however, the train works well for

most places in California. If any of

you are in the area, I would love for

you to come by and visit.

Catherine Porter: Loved our

50th Reunion! So many great

friends came back. Have been enjoying

a wonderful summer in Aspen

but returning to D.C. for the fall.

Amy Thompson McCandless:

Steve and I had a wonderful trip

to Amsterdam and the Norwegian

fjords in June. Unfortunately for

Amy Thompson McCandless

’68 and husband, Steve, in

Whitesands, NM

Genie Carr ’68 at Arts Visalia in Visalia, CA, visiting Toni Wikswo Best ‘68

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp ’68 with daughter Whitney and

granddaughter Isabel


Catherine Porter ’68 with

classmates Sally and Pembroke,

at their 50th Reunion

Julie Seibels Northrup ’68

celebrating Mardi Gras in the

Virgin Islands

50th Reunion LAKE LEAPERS: Libby Harvey Fitzgerald, Nancy Hickox

Wright, C’Anne Anderson, Pembroke Herbert Kyle and Conover Hunt

Anne Kinsey Dinan ’68 and Terry

at 50th Reunion

Charlie and Barbara Baur

Dunlap ’68 in smoky Canada and

enjoying golf in the Canadian


Nancy Hickox Wright, Class of ’68, husband, Gil, with their Montana

family: son Prescott and grandchildren Emerson, Fisher and Quinn

Brenda Darden Kincaid ’68 and Doug’s wonderful grandchildren. Front

row: Kate (6), Jimmy (9), Rett (9); Back row: Jack (18), Ellie (21), Hardt (15),

Crawford (13), Ann Everett (12)

Frances Kirven Morse ’68, Bill Herbert, John Morse and Pembroke

Herbert Kyle visiting Morro Bay, CA in August

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Bonnie Pitman and Ann Biggs Jackson at 50th Reunion

Anne Stoddard and Susie Brush Croft at 50th Reunion

Frances Kirven Morse ’68, Anne Kinsey Dinan ’68 and Nancy Hickox

Wright ’68 enjoying their 50th Reunion

us, the timing was during our Reunion,

which we hated to miss (keep

posting photos from the weekend,

please). It was nice to leave the sweltering

Charleston weather for the

temperate clime of Scandinavia, and

we were blessed to have beautiful

sunny days for the entire trip.

Mary Matheson: I have moved

and am happily ensconced in my

new apartment, still in North Carolina

and close to lots of family. I’m

heading up to Washington, D.C.,

soon to visit old friends, and will be

spending Christmas in New York

City this year with Anne Kinsey Dinan

and her family. Am looking forward

to spending a lot of time with

my godchildren and grand-godchildren.

Barbara Baur Dunlap: Charlie

and I were in British Columbia

when they had more than 600 forest

fires burning. We met a forest ranger

watching planes take load after load

of water from Lake MacDonald in

Glacier National Park to fight the

fires, and we played golf in smoky

Canada. Canada in the summer does

prescribed burns (no longer called

‘controlled’ burns since they get out

of control) to protect the environment.

Lesson learned: Don’t go to

N.W. Canada in August unless you

like smoke! By contrast, Sweet Briar

in June was beautiful, fun, and

heart-warming — loved our 50th.

The weekend was just wonderful.

Brenda Dardin Kincaid: Loved

being with so many friends from

the Class of 1968! After five years

of retirement I have returned to the

classroom teaching Honors Math

Analysis as a part-time faculty member

at Virginia Episcopal School. My

grandson is one of my students! My

SBC education gives me confidence!

Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp: I

am still at CDC, continuing to work

on the epidemiology of developmental

disabilities with an interest in

children outside the United States.

Thanks again for voting for me for

the Sammies Award. I am still a finalist,

with final decisions in October.

I look forward to participating in

Sweet Work Weeks in 2019; I had a

glimpse during a recent Board meeting.

Ralph and I stay busy grandparenting.

Hope all of you are staying


Kristin Kuhns: “Altar Rock,”

the feature thriller, is finally set for

release next summer. I wrote, produced,

and raised the funds for this.

It stars KJ Apa, a hot young star who

was in “A Dog’s Purpose” and “Riverdale.”

My next project is a TV series

about a woman dedicated to saving

wild creatures.

Susan Hinner Avesian: Retired

and living in Canton, Ga. We left our

beautiful lake house due to an ongoing

illness that necessitates my being

close to Atlanta and my doctors. We

have 11 awesome grandchildren and

enjoy watching their sporting events.

Sorry, I cannot travel. Would love to

see you all.

Anne Kinsey Dinan: The Class

of 68’s 50th Reunion was indeed

terrific: 48 hours of connecting and

reconnecting with old friends and all

of us reminiscing for hours on end.

It was especially joyful to watch as

our very own classmate Bonnie Pitman

received Sweet Briar College’s

Distinguished Alumna Award! And

here’s to Ann Biggs Jackson for the

outstanding pink and green boas and

Pam Burwell Benton for our marvelous

SBC aprons!

Please remember that Frances

Kirven Morse, Nancy Hickox

Wright, and I are continuing our

efforts to find contact information

for “missing” classmates. To that end,

I once again request that anyone in

the Class of 1968 who receives this

Alumnae Magazine but did not receive

an email from me requesting

news, please email or write to me

with your email and/or mailing address

at: akdinan@rcn.com or Anne

Kinsey Dinan, 8 Peter Cooper Road,

Apt. 11F, New York, N.Y. 10010.


Mardane McLemore

719 Jones St.

Suffolk, Va. 23434


Thank all of you who sent notes

and pictures. I enjoyed hearing from

you! Those of you who didn’t make

it this time, be thinking of what you

want to include in the next set of

notes — Remember you can email

me or Kristin any time with news!

Fundraising for SBC: thank

all of you who have given. SBC appreciates

your donations. It would

be great if our class participation


percentage was higher (looks good

on grant requests), so if you haven’t

given this year, think about giving

something — Please!

Congratulations to Karen Hartnett!

Because of her efforts to save

Sweet Briar, she received Sweet Briar’s

Outstanding Alumna Award for

2018. She was recognized for her

work with Phil Stone to stabilize

SBC and bring in a management

team that could move the College

forward. Thank you, Karen!

Ann Gately and her husband,

Ira, had lots of fun and good food

celebrating their 70th birthdays hiking

and cycling around Europe for

three weeks in April and May (Italy,

Holland & CR). Ann, who has been

so faithful, again completed a several-week

stint at SBC Sweet Work

Weeks ... an “always gratifying & satisfying”

experience — a reunion with

a purpose! Her gardening fashions

included a special T-shirt provided

by Kay Parham Picha and Karen

Hartnett. The T-shirts were well-received

by her (much younger) fellow

weeders. Ann is still in New Mexico.

If you go to there, give her a holler!

Katy Warren Towers thought

life would be settling down at this

point but says it almost seems to be

accelerating! She still misses Charlie

a lot but feels very blessed to

have good health, dear siblings and

friends, nice trips, and meaningful

experiences! In April Katy went on a

Viking river cruise on the Rhine and

then spent several days at the gorgeous

Cloister at Sea Island — both

places were a ball! In May she and

two graduate school friends from

Nashville went to Santa Fe for several

days to celebrate their 70th birthdays.

In late June and early July, she

spent a couple of weeks in the North

Carolina mountains — her favorite

place in all the world — and since

then she has been sweltering in the

Florida heat and being very thankful

for AC! In early September she plans

to go to Colorado for a Christian

conference and then visit and hike

with her roommate, Mary Jo Murphy

(hopefully these plans won’t

have to be canceled as they were last

year due to Hurricane Irma!).

Jonna Clarkson is still working

with a mission to alleviate the water

crisis in El Salvador. She also had fun

at Sweet Work Weeks. She worked

with Deb Ohler Bowman and enjoyed

meeting some alumnae from

other classes. She notes that Gately

is totally amazing and reminds us all

that 70 is not old. It’s not what you

have; it’s what you do with what you

have! She, Deb, Deb’s husband, John,

and Barbara Hastings Carne have

all been friends since graduation and

will be celebrating their friendship

together for Labor Day.

Elizabeth Holloway Playforth

just returned from the beach visiting

son John and Krupa, his wife, and

their three-year-old granddaughter

and eight-month-old grandson.

Elizabeth says they are the best part

of being a bit older. She and her

husband are selling their farm and

planning on spending more time

with these youngest grandchildren

and doing more traveling. They have

loved being “farmers” but find now

that it is time to move on to other

interests. There is an invite to anyone

visiting Lexington, Ky. She is proud

of SBC for surviving.

Phyllis Blythin Ward also celebrated

her 70th in a big way with

a trip to Egypt in February. She

and John followed in the footsteps

of King Tut, Howard Carter, Ramses

II, and Agatha Christie, traveling

from Cairo to Abu Simbel and

sailing the Nile from Aswan to the

Valley of the Kings on the SS Sudan,

fulfilling her bucket list wish

since the days of ancient art history

classes at SBC! Not long after, they

spent a fun weekend in Atlanta with

Stuart Davenport Simrill and her

husband, Spenser. In the spring they

traveled to Lexington for John’s 50th

reunion at W&L and spent three

weeks in Ontario in the summer —

a nice respite from the hot weather.

She and John are still in Louisville;

so if anyone ever gets that way (Derby

weekend maybe?), don’t hesitate

to get in touch.

Jane Gott and her husband, Ron,

spent a month in Kauai for her 70th

birthday — before the massive rain.

She has enjoyed taking watercolor

classes and staying active in the Potomac

Valley Watercolorists. Ron

had surgery on his Achilles tendon

in May and has recovered better than

expected. Recently she met Ruth

Stokes for lunch. She and Ruth lived

with the same family in Paris their

junior year. Ruth is an equine veterinarian

in Maryland. Jane notes the

entire group from Sweet Briar Junior

Kristin Herzog ’70 in front of her

painting at the Laoshan Museum

in China

Ann Gately at 2018 Sweet Work


From left, front row: Katie McCardell Webb, Lorie Harris Amass, May

Humphreys Fox, Jessica Holzer, Wallis Wickham Raemer. Back row:

Connie Haskell and Frances Gravely

Year in France 1968-69 is meeting

in NYC the weekend of September

29 to celebrate their 50th reunion.

There will also be a reunion in Paris

at Reid Hall in October. If any of

the eight other women from SBC

who spent that year abroad have not

received information on the planned

reunions, email Jane at janegott@

verizon.net. Jane is excited that Barbara

Offutt Mathieson’s son and

family moved this year to Great Falls,

VA — now she will see roommate

Barbara even more often. She and

Barbara had a wonderful visit in May

and in early September and are flying

to Boston for a reunion on Cape Cod

with classmates Laura Sickman

Baksa, Candace Buker Chang, and

Jo Shaw. Candace is now cancer free!

Candace Buker Chang sold

her condo in Boston a year ago and

moved around the corner into her

daughter’s first-floor apartment. She

is happy to say it is working out very

well. Unfortunately, she was diagnosed

with metastatic breast cancer

a week before moving; so Sonia (who

is the state senator for Boston) and

her husband were great support, and

the two grandchildren a great joy on

a daily basis! After a year of chemo

plus surgery and radiation, she is

now happily cancer free and hoping

to remain so. It was a pretty rough

year — her daughter Jean and her

family live and own a business on St.

John (Virgin Islands), which was hit

by Cat. 5 hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Fortunately, they and their business

are okay, but it was a stressful time

wondering. The island, which has

become Candace’s second home, was

just devastated. Jean’s family (two

more grandchildren) was without

power for 80 days, and everyone on

the island is still struggling to recover.

Candace encourages everyone

to take their vacation dollars to the

Virgin Islands. Since tourism pretty

much their entire economy, they

need people to come! Worn out by

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Convocation at Sweet Briar in May 2018 honoring Karen Hartnett as the

Reunion Outstanding Alumna. From left: Susan Lykes Mueller, Heather

Tully Click, Karen Hartnett, Kay Parham Picha, Debbie Ohler Bowman

and husbands

all the cancer treatment, Candace

retired in January, earlier than originally

planned; but now that she is

feeling much better, she will be keeping

her brain active by starting a very

part-time new job in September doing

intensive case reviews for Mass-

Health (Medicaid in Massachusetts)

on services purchased for families of

children with serious mental illnesses.

Hopefully the new job will fund

at least one more dive trip to Fiji

with Jo Shaw Lawson. They both

took up scuba diving when they were

over 60 — never too late for new adventures!

Candace was so appreciative

of the support she received from

Jo during the past year — Jo flew up

from Memphis several times keep

her company. Candace, Jane Gott,

and Barbara Offutt Mathieson will

be having a mini SBC reunion with

Laura Sickman Baksa on Cape Cod

just after Labor Day. Those friendships,

made freshman year in the

Meta Glass dorm, have been enduring!

Candace reports seeing Laura

more frequently since they are both

in Massachusetts.

Betty Glass Smith is still very

much appreciating the quieter, country

life and retirement. She’s busy

with quite a few ongoing projects

at her new place but is also taking

time to smell the roses and enjoying

a little slower lifestyle. She loves the

Northern Neck of Virginia in all its

beauty, especially the river vistas and

waterfowl. She and Bill have seen as

many as four bald eagles at the same

time up close to their property, and

Betty now wishes she had taken ornithology

at SBC from Mr. Edwards

(as do many of us)! Betty has learned

mahjongg and plays regularly. She

attributes her success to her logic-math

background and dear Miss

Lee. It’s interesting how frequently

thoughts go back to SBC these days.

Francis Dornette Schafer spent

a wonderful weekend with Debrah

Denemark in Dallas on the way

back from speaking at the AICPA

Advanced Estate Planning Conference

in Las Vegas. In July she joined

Sandy Hamilton Bentley and her

husband, Bob, for a trip to Asheville,

N.C., to see the Biltmore, which had

a special exhibit of Chihuly glass in

the house and the gardens.

Wallis Wickham Raemer is

fully retired and looking forward

to travel, biking, and hanging out

with dear SBC friends in the next

decade. She is proud to report this

past June Mary Jane Hipp Brock

was honored by the Interfaith Center

of New York City for 20 years

of service and leadership promoting

human dignity for all peoples and

creating peace in New York and beyond.

Wallis recently had a blast at

Frances Gravely’s lovely cottage in

Maine. They had a great weekend of

traveling together, sailing, shopping,

dining on lobsters and wild blueberries,

talking endlessly, and laughing

lots with dear friends! Carpe, carpe

to the last diem!

Jessica Holzer is still not retired,

working at Citi, welcomed her first

grandchild, is still occupied with

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, and

enjoys cooking for friends.

Lorie Harris Amass celebrated

the big 7-0 in Montana with her

precious family and was treated to a

special birthday book of good wishes

and surprise fireworks on the lake!

May Humphreys Fox fills her

days post-retirement with travel,

children and grandchildren, board

work, and some consulting. Reunions

with her SBC Carpe Diems

fill her heart too!

Katie McCardell Webb sends

her thanks to all her classmates for

their support of the Alumnae Fund!

Connie Haskell is still tap dancing.

She had a great trip to Portugal

and Northern Spain with Jim and is

going to Bulgaria with her sister in


Frances Gravely is roosting near

Franklin Street in Chapel Hill with

children and great friends nearby.

Happy as a lark!

Kristin Herzog traveled to

China in June with an art group.

The highlight of her tour was an

international watercolor show at

the Laoshan Museum, where she

enjoyed seeing her painting on display.

She also visited many local and

regional art collectives, galleries and

painting studios, which was a huge

treat. Kristin is still unpacking boxes

at home in Naples, FL, and can’t

believe it’s been almost a year since

she moved into her new home. She

has a great neighborhood community

and has already met up with five

SBC alums in the area. She’s received

another fellowship to attend VCCA

over Thanksgiving and can’t wait to

be back on campus!

Betty Brewer Caughman has

been in a whirlwind this past year.

On August 20, 2017, her son, David,

married Shannon O’Grady on

Bainbridge Island, a short ferry ride

from downtown Seattle. Among the

guests were Suzy Yates Cahill and

husband Bob. David and Shannon

are now happily ensconced in Brooklyn,

a short commute to jobs in

Manhattan, where Shannon works

in finance (Blackstone) and David

in management consulting (Simon

Kucher). It’s a great place to visit!

Two days after the wedding, she

traveled with yoga buddies to Peru

for a week in the Sacred Valley and

Machu Picchu and then was off to

the Amazon jungle with friends and

fellow birdwatchers. In February, after

a few days in Mexico City, friends

and Betty went to Macheros to visit

two monarch butterfly reserves

— she saw hundreds of butterflies

open their wings, turning the trees

orange, as they took off and began to

fly down from the mountains. Truly

an amazing sight! In September, she,

Suzy Yates Cahill, and Bob will celebrate

their 70th birthdays with several

days in Paris and a barge trip on

the canals in Burgundy. Joining them

will be Betty’s sister Carol Brewer

Evans ’75 and Jim Evans. When not

traveling, Betty stays busy with yoga,

book clubs, bridge, church work,

lunch with friends, dinner with

friends, drinks with friends ... Life

is good!

I have loved reading notes and

emails from our SBC classmates.

I’m enjoying traveling, and am planning

trips to Detroit and Mackinaw,

Jackson Hole, and Arizona this fall.

I have also been enjoying duplicate

bridge — very, very slowly accumulating

some of the master points.

Lately I’ve been overcommitted and

overwhelmed with volunteer work,

but I do enjoy it all. I’m sure that

Suffolk, VA, is not a major stopping

point on most travel agendas,

but just in case you’re in the neighborhood,

please stop by! KEEP



Beverly Fonville Van Zandt

San Miguel de Allende,

Guanajuato, Mexico


Lynne Manov Echols and her

husband, Frank, enjoyed a trip to

London and SE England last fall,

and Lynne notes that a tour of Dover

and the subterranean command

center for Dunkirk is a must! In November

they head to Portugal with

a group. Lynne has begun teaching

riders again and has written a book!

Visit www.facebook.com/Rider-

SeatMD for a preview!

Mimi Fahs, our SBC Board of

Directors secretary, continues to

teach public health policy and economics

at the graduate level. She is

excited to be “mother of the groom”


next Memorial Day. Mimi continues

to love playing fiddle with her band,

the Mudflats. The name reflects the

oyster ponds at low tide near her

home in Orient, Long Island —

along with the band’s desire to keep

expectations low!

Maggie Mather Feldmeier is still

working, yet manages to go on many

travel adventures — an expedition to

Alaska this June and one to Ireland

this fall. She and her husband are

thrilled that their younger daughter

has moved closer, and they can now

see lots of Maggie’s granddaughter,

Mather, her namesake. She reports

that they are busy and healthy and

couldn’t ask for more!

Carol Remington Fogelsong is

still finding new ways to enjoy retirement

— lots of leisurely lunches and

quick adventures to new places (from

riding a monster truck to new-to-me

art museums). Carol travels often to

Baltimore to see 95-year-old Mom

(Ann Moore Remington ’44), and

she enjoys connecting with classmates

by email and phone.

Pam Henery Arey wrote that

she loves the freedom that retirement

allows and that she sees Bonnie

Moe Stook ’72 in the neighborhood

regularly. Pam is the president of the

board and trip chairperson at her local

senior center, where she also takes

exercise classes. She recently had

successful surgery and treatments for

melanoma and is having to spend too

much time indoors right now!

Dee Kysor is still enjoying being

music director at Grace Episcopal

Church and is looking forward

to riding again now that Badger is

sound. This summer she and her

husband, George, led a storytelling

workshop. George taught storytelling,

and Dee sang songs to go along

with the stories. Their performance

team is called “Woven Yarns.”

Kathy Wilson Lamb reports

that life in Lexington and Northern

Michigan continues to be good. She

and Rex loved two weeks of children

and grandchildren in the Straits of

Mackinac and continue to enjoy the

cooler weather. They are heading to

Alpine Europe for a couple of weeks

in September.

Sally Uptegrove Lee and her

husband, Bob, retired and moved

to San Antonio to be closer to their

daughter, Rachel, and her husband,

Nathan, and two grandchildren. A

third grandchild is due in November.

Sally and Bob remodeled/rescued a

1920’s house that they love and write

that if anyone travels to San Antonio,

they have two guest rooms and

would love to see you.

Anne Milbank Mell has really

been busy this year — births of two

granddaughters and the fun of helping

their families negotiate the addition

of “child #2.” She and John had

kids and grandkids with them for

five weeks this summer, the last week

of which all 15 (five under the age

of three) were together in a cabin in

N.H. In September she and John are

traveling to Italy, her first visit since

Junior Year Abroad, 49 years ago.

Anne Wiglesworth Munoz

wrote that she and Milton went to

Morocco last winter and are going

to India and Nepal this November.

Then they will head back to Arizona

to visit their daughters and grandson.

They are even thinking of moving

to Arizona to be closer to them.

Jacque Penny had a wonderful

time in Canada recently, spending

two months with her mum (now

90) at their home on Prince Edward

Island. Jacque is now home and says

hello to all with much love.

Alisa Yust Rowe and I had a

wonderful visit this summer. She

and Richard still live in Houston

and look great. Alisa enjoys spending

time with their grandchildren

and going to the country. She is still

helping with an arts non-profit for

children. She has recently picked

back up a manuscript that she wrote

some years back and has been revising

it for fun.

Wendy Weiss Smith has really

been on the “go” recently — she and

her husband biked in Munich, hiked

for a week in the German-Austrian

Alps, and flew into Cape Town to

board the Royal Mail Ship for its

final sail to St. Helena. This spring

they enjoyed Susan Greenwald’s

company on a W&L trip to the

Languedoc area of France. Wendy

also celebrated her mom’s 102nd

birthday with her SBC ’74 sisters in


Bev Van Zandt continues to

love living in Mexico and is having

fun working with Anne Holler on

Anne’s “Rebellious Nuns of San Miguel”

seminar. She is now headed to

Marblehead to watch daughter Roberta

race in the J70 Worlds. There’s

Cissy Gott ’72 and DeDe Conley ’72 at Cissy’s home after Reunion 2018

Jean Chaloux Miani ’72 and DeDe Conley in Milan with cards for Jean

signed by many classmates

nothing like getting a “sailing fix”

through your daughter! Daughter

Beverly is in her fourth year of med

school, and her family is doing well.


Jill Johnson

MarySue Morrison Thomas

98 Pine Bluff

Portsmouth, Va. 23701


Once again we are extremely

proud to acknowledge another super

classmate who has given so generously

of her time, talents and energy to

Sweet Briar. Please enjoy the information

found at sbc.edu/president/

board-of-directors chronicling the

amazing life and accomplishments of

the class of 1972’s own Georgene M.

Vairo, who was elected chairwoman

of the Sweet Briar College Board of

Directors during its August meeting.

Deirdre “DeDe” Conley expresses

that she is grateful and so impressed

with the results of everyone’s

hard work for SBC culminating in a

42% increase in enrollment! She has

enjoyed SBC for the past 12 months,

especially Sweet Work Weeks, which

she highly recommends. DeDe was

also in attendance at Founders’ Day

activities and President Woo’s Inauguration

— to whom she refers as

a Super Star for us. After our 45th

Reunion, she enjoyed a good visit

with another classmate, Cissy Gott,

in D.C. DeDe spent the summer

in Europe and is delighted that her

husband finally got his green card

renewed. The highlights of her summer

included visiting with Jean Chaloux

Miani in Milan, attending several

college fairs, and keeping us all

informed with the AA news. In the

fall, DeDe plans to recruit more students

for SBC and continue with her

extensive travels. Thank you, DeDe,

for keeping us all in the loop!

We are thrilled to have heard

fall 2018



All my SBC roommates — together again after 45 years. From left: Kathy

Pretzfelder Steele, Debbie Pollock Arce, Linda Lipscomb, Lisa Fowler


from another classmate, Claudine

Clarke Elian. She writes that in

conjunction with her ongoing art

projects, she continues to divide her

time between Lucerne, New York,

Seattle, and Los Angeles! Claudine’s

life in Switzerland is spent with her

longtime companion, Fabian Bautz,

who teaches music at the University

of Applied Sciences and Arts in

Lucerne and at the Conservatory in

Zurich. Together, they contemplate

returning stateside upon his retirement

but for now continue to shuttle

back and forth. Perhaps we can

convince them to come back for our

50th Reunion!


Evelyn Carter Cowles

PO Box 278

Free Union, Va. 22940


Joan May Harden: Jill Heptinstall

and I so enjoyed Reunion. I

think it was my favorite one so far.

Rick and I are expecting our fifth

grandchild in January. It will be Bill

and Jessica’s first baby. We went

to Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro,

Bosnia and Venice in Sept., where

we rented a car and explored. It was

our first time using AirBnBs, so the

whole trip was an adventure.

Allison Baker: I live in midtown

Atlanta, still trying to live the Artist’s

Life. My memories of directing our

senior play “Toad of Toad Hall” is

one my favorite memories of being

part of the Class of 1973!

Cindy Bekins Anderson: My

news revolves around our two granddaughters

— one is 22 and the other

is 4! We have four kiddos (48, 47,

28 and 26), three of whom are here

in Omaha, with the youngest away

in pharmacy school, and we hope

he returns at some point! We had a

wonderful family trip to celebrate my

hubby’s BIG birthday in the mountains

of Colorado this summer and

looking forward to fall and winter

travels as well. I keep busy with being

a master gardener, and with a local

garden club and church, and we’ve

had our 4-year-old granddaughter

every Thursday since she was an infant!

Ginger Woodward Gast: My

husband, Paul, and I spent a wonderful

week with Susan Dern Plank

and her husband at their house

in Belize in January. It was hard to

come back to “winter” after walking

around in shorts. Paul and I headed

over to Italy this fall to teach English

in the Italian schools for six weeks.

He was in the middle school, while

I preferred the younger students

in elementary school. We still have

so much fun visiting with our six

grandchildren and our four adult

children in South Carolina, Florida

and Virginia.

Kathy Pretzfelder Steele: Dave

and I continue to enjoy our life in

Florida, where we live not too far

from our daughter Kelly and her

family, and help care for our two

precious granddaughters (3 and 6).

Our other daughter, Tracy, was married

in August in a glorious rooftop

ceremony and reception in midtown

Atlanta. Dave and I continue to enjoy

an active life of golf, pickleball,

traveling as often as possible to our

favorite beach in Hilton Head, S.C.,

and exploring the many interesting

places in Florida.

Renee Renata Sterling ’73 supports families in jeopardy. Pictured here at

a Family Place event with Gretchen Carlson

Lisa Winslow: It was a busy

spring and summer for me. My son,

who lives in San Diego married a

lovely woman in April — really a

fun wedding. Then my daughter and

I took off for two weeks in France,

staying in Paris and the Riviera. We

had a fabulous time — constantly

on the go. I then went to our SBC

Reunion and had a wonderful time

with fellow classmates. SBC looks

really good. I relocated this spring

to Orange County to be closer to my

mom (95 years old!) and my kids in

Laguna Beach. I’m loving total retirement

after being a law librarian for

42 years and involved in all kinds of

new activities including sailing. Life

is good.

Kathleen Schultz: Steve and I

retired and moved to a waterfront

home near Jackson, MS. We are really

enjoying the slower lifestyle of

retirees with lots of visitors! We have

time to explore the waterways by

pontoon or kayak, which we claim is

a great replacement for exercise. We

welcomed our first grandchild last

March and our second one is due in

September. We have also enjoyed the

opportunity to travel and are moving

up the cruise levels! I accepted the

presidency for a local women’s club

for 2019; so I’m keeping my toe in

the quasi-working world. We were

so sorry to miss our Reunion but

look forward to the next one.

Deirdre Conley: I enjoyed getting

back in touch with my graduating

class and helping to organize

73’s 45th Reunion. So much fun to

reconnect! Seeing so many friends

after so long, hanging out at the barn,

taking the eco walk with Professor

Fink, sharing a dorm room — felt

like 1973 all over again. I hope to see

even more classmates for our 50th in

2023. Put it on your calendar now!

Ann Major Gibb: I enjoyed a

quick overnight visit with Anne

Billings McDougall at her home in

Orlando in February. This summer,

our son David finished his work at

Yale and moved to L.A. to open a

research lab at Cedars Sinai Hospital.

Our daughter Emily was married

to Steve Ciotonni in Philadelphia in

July. California and Philadelphia are

in our fall travel plans!

Betsy Meric Gambel: This

summer I spent three weeks in Africa

(Tanzania, Zanzibar and Cape

Town). From a Serengeti safari to

sailing in the Indian Ocean to the

breathtaking Cape of Good Hope,

I experienced so much and realized

that I could, indeed, take that much

time off due to my incredible staff.

Gambel Communications continues

to grow, and The New Orleans 100,

with affiliates in 18 cities, has been so

rewarding. Life is the best ever!

Diane Dale Reiling: I had a marvelous

Reunion week, with a stop before

heading to the College with Jane

Potts in Charleston. She and I also

visited Savannah and visited with my

daughter’s in-laws. I then headed to

Salem, S.C., outside of Greenville, to

stay with Karol Kroetz Sparks. She

and I had toured the Biltmore during

the Chihuly Glass Exhibit before flying

to Reunion. After SBC, I took

the train to Philly to visit another

friend. Fabulous!

Roberta Culbertson: I tend

chickens, goats, and fence lines at

Farm Colony, a 300-acre farm outside

Stanardsville, VA. Daughter Lea

is associate chair of the VCU Dance

Department and also a poet and

dance critic. Daughter Kay married


Happy hour Friday night, Reunion 2018

Rishi Patel this autumn in a joint

Indian/Western wedding. They then

returned to Geneva, Switzerland,

where Kay works for the United Nations

High Commissioner for Human

Rights, and Rishi for CERN.

It’s all good!

Renee Renata Sterling: Enjoyed

a respite from the brutal Texas summer

heat up in Victoria and Vancouver

this August. My financial planning

practice continues to blossom

in its 26th year — hard to imagine

26 years! Boyd Zenner, Linda Lipscomb

and Cary Davis King and I

keep in close contact.

Susan Dern Plank: Lots of travel

this year: Belize for vacations (joined

by Ginger W. Gast and husband

during a soggy week) and a friend’s

high school graduation as salutatorian

of her class, Texas to see my

younger sister and Florida and Tennessee

to play with grandchildren.

Sadly, my sister lost her 7+ yr. battle

with breast cancer in April. I finally

completed 300+ dives as a “palm

tree” (warm water) scuba diver. See

everyone in 2023!

Anita McVey O’Connor: My

life hasn’t changed much since the

last time I corresponded, but I am so

happy and proud of all the alumnae

who helped to save my beloved college.

I’m grateful to former president

Stone and current president Woo

for successfully leading SBC into the


Debbie Arce Pollock: I had such

fun at Reunion and hope many more

classmates come to our 50th. Kathy

Ptretzfelder Steele, Betsie Meric

Gambel, Lisa Fowler Winslow,

and I extended the fun by driving

down and back together from D.C.

I was reminded again how special

the bond we all have is, as I instantly

felt like I was with my best friends,

in spite of not seeing them for many

years. See you all in five years!

Evelyn Carter Cowles: I am

pretty much the same. Riding, painting,

gardening, fishing, and hiking

still fill my leisure time. I visited Missy

Leib Veghte ’74 in Nantucket in

August and have traveled to Hawaii,

England, and of course Montana as

well. Planning a trip to Cuba to fish

next spring; so life is good. Reunion

was fun rooming with Linda Lipscomb

and seeing many others I haven’t

seen in years. Everyone should

try to come for our 50th!


Nancy Mortensen Piper

28 Newbold Sq.

Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971



JoanBarb Ashton Nicol: We had

another wedding this year. Robert’s

son, Sage, married Marilyn Keller in

Corpus Christi, TX, in July. All 12

of us were there! Robert and I are

enjoying retirement with 3 grandchildren:

Parker (4,) Grace (2 1/2),

and Ashton (1). Enjoyed a Caribbean

cruise in February and a trip to

the beach with Liz Thomas Camp

and Emory Furness Maxwell in May.

Hope to make our 45th Reunion!

Mary Witt Will: Who knew one

could be so busy in “retirement”??

I’m a busy volunteer: in the endoscopy

unit at a local hospital, broadcast

reading for the visually impaired, and

lots of time with the UVa School of

Medicine as a trustee and class representative.

We just had out UVa

40th reunion, and it was so much

fun! I also love more time to spend

with family and friends. I’m so lucky

to have Sandra Taylor in Richmond,

and we get together every few weeks.

Hope all is well.

Sandra Taylor: I was just with

Mary Witt. I have retired but stay

very busy with family and my other

volunteer activities. I did get a

chance to visit with Elizabeth and

Bobby Watts. Had a lovely visit on

the Eastern Shore!

Cathy Weiss Thompson ’74,

Wendy Weiss Smith ’71 and Weiss

family members gathered for Betty

Weiss’s 102nd birthday celebration

at the end of July.

Elizabeth Watts reports that a

highlight for her this year was a trip

to Kiawah and Charleston with Jane

Hutchinson Frierson, Leslie Elbert

Hill and Susan Stephens Geyer.

“Susan has a lovely home on Kiawah,

where we stayed and enjoyed the

many activities the resort island has

to offer. We also attended some wonderful

events at the Spoleto Festival

in Charleston.”

Leslie Elbert Hill had a wonderful

mini-reunion with Elizabeth

Watts, Jane Frierson and Susan

Geyer at the Geyer vacation home

on Kiawah Island. Dolphins, biking,

swimming, lots of cooking, as well as

several trips into Charleston for the

annual Spoleto festival and garden

tours made for some classic memories.

These reunions get more special

each year as the memory sharing increases

and the makeup decreases.

Mitch Dore: “Ola! JoAnn, my

partner, and I grow many heirloom

vegetables in our garden, and this

year has been extremely hot so some

things made it and others ... well, we

know there is no such thing as a master

gardener, just a practicing gardener.

However, what we have is quite

wonderful. Our favorites are purple

Viking potatoes and our onions.

This year has been relaxing for the

most part. Jo and I have been in our

current house for 13 years so that I

could work on my art and we could

grow our own food. On the flip

side, we are finding that we are not

IMMORTAL! In other words, we

have found parts of our bodies that

appear to have been asleep all these

years ... and now they are awake and

rearing their ugly heads! Who knew?

We are thinking of moving within

the next two years from Prescott

Valley, AZ. The places we are examining

are Boise, ID; Bentonville,

AK; Wyoming; and Montana. We

want a TINY YARD! No fires or

floods, bending or stooping! Good

luck, Mitch! Little weather humor

here! I find that the main thing for

me and for Jo is to laugh a lot and

to tell jokes (even the ones that don’t

quite make it). Laughter can get you

through just about anything (maybe

not through what is going on in

Washington ... that requires the 2

Ls: liquor and laughter). I love to

cook and Jo likes to eat — nice partnership!

The peaches this year were

limited, but the ones we got I made

into cobbler. We grind up the pears

and freeze them. That pear sauce is

so darn good on just about anything,

especially pork tenderloin.”

Mimi Hill Wilk: “I just celebrated

my second grandson, Heath’s, 1st

birthday! Heath’s big brother, Georgie,

was a double jackpot winner;

so it was super fun watching all the

action at the pizza place! Love that


Wanda Cronic Howell: “Our

21-year-old middle daughter, Jessica,

graduated from Furman University.

Mom, Dad, and her two sisters

(Nicole and Destiny) all went to

Greenville to celebrate her accomplishment.

Jessica is now embarking

on the newest chapter in her book of

life, working on staff of Young Life

in Greenville, S.C. Nicole is in her

last year at Kennesaw State University

and Destiny is in her junior year

of high school. To celebrate Jessica’s

graduation (and because it had been

three years since we had gone to Europe),

we spent two weeks “riding

the rails” through Italy, Switzerland,

Austria, Germany, and The Netherlands.

Jessica had a great deal of

input into our itinerary because she

has wanted to go to Salzburg and the

Alps ever since she saw ‘The Sound

of Music’ when she was small.” Wanda

is a car dealer, and based on her

sales performance, she was one of

only a handful of dealers in the Zone

– Georgia and parts of Alabama and

Florida – to receive the Mark of Excellence

award from Buick. She and

her husband, Lee, were then treated

to a vacation in Vail, CO, with other

top performing dealers.

Andria Francis: “It’s been 4

years since I retired from CTB/

fall 2018


Wanda Cronic Howell (to the right of the graduate) with her family at

her middle daughter’s graduation from Furman University

Bonnie Brophy ’74 (far left) at Cliffside Beach with her family

Boxwood Quad triplets, Liz

Thomas Camp, Emory Furniss

Maxwell and Barb Ashton, ‘sans’

Dr. Mary Witt Will, partying at


Liz Thomas Camp and Ellie Boyd,

artist of EllieBoydPortraits.com,

hangs work, “The Kayaker,” with

Reid Freshman Roomie, Liz Thomas

Camp, on a 2018 visit to Handy

Crossroads, Ga. Acquisition, the

SBC online auction

Mary Witt Will ’74 and Sandra

Taylor with Sandra’s niece and a


Cathy Weiss Thompson ‘74, in

white behind the birthday girl

in pink; Wendy Weiss Smith ‘71

(second from right)


McGraw-Hill after 28 years of service

there developing educational

achievement tests, and I LOVE retirement!

I continue to volunteer at

Animal Services (my 15th year!) I

also volunteer weekly at Meals on

Wheels and have been doing taxes

for low-income persons for the

United Way for the last three years.

My daughter Ashleigh graduated in

2015 with her Ph.D. in Archaeology.

I’ve been to England several times to

visit with her in the last few years.

She and her husband bought a home

in England. They were here for a visit

last Christmas, and I will be going to

England in December to spend the

holidays with them this year. I can’t

believe that we are now “seniors”

on Medicare and Social Security!

HAPPY Belated 65+ Birthdays

Classmates of 1974!”

Sherrie Snead McLeRoy: “Sorry

I haven’t been able to keep in touch.

My husband of 44 years has endured

several major illnesses over the last

few years, and I haven’t even been

home to Amherst except for a long

weekend for my high school reunion.

Had to give up writing after my last

book (on Texas women). On the

good news side, our daughter (only

child) and her fiancé are expecting

a daughter in October, which probably

makes me the oldest first-time

grandmother in the class! Of course,

I keep in touch with Jane Piper

Gleason. In fact, she visited us for a

few days in June before going on to

a conference in Dallas. Have been

much encouraged by the reports

from Sweet Briar!”

Nancy Mortenson Piper: “My

family is doing well. My daughter

Liz just started her senior year at

Elon University in N.C. She just accepted

a job offer with Phillips 66 at

their headquarters in Houston. She

will start right after her graduation

in May. My oldest daughter, Kate, is

living in Berkeley and working in San

Francisco and loves it. Both girls will

be home for Christmas. I had some

health issues this year that resulted

in heart surgery this summer. There

were complications which resulted in

a 2nd surgery. But I am healing well

and getting stronger every day. My

husband, Chris, has been a huge help

during this time. I hope to be well

enough to get to SBC in September

for the Leadership Conference and

Founders’ Day. Plan for our 45th Reunion

next June. I hope to see many

of you then. Thanks to everyone who

submitted news and photos.


Anne Cogswell Burris

1437 Headquarters Plantation Dr.

Johns Island, S.C. 29455


Bet Bashinsky Wise: I finally

hung up the spurs and am traveling

more. Doug and I did a fantastic REI

trip to Croatia in May, then headed

to Montana for the summer. Wild

fire smoke was pretty bad in the

Flathead Valley. We then dashed to

Wisconsin in August to help Gail

Ann Zarwell Winkler ’76 with her

son’s wedding, followed by a visit to

Nashville with my son Case before

Elizabeth Watts ’74 with Jane

Hutchinson Frierson, Leslie Elbert

Hill and Susan Stephens Geyer

during a trip to Kiawah Island, SC

Cece Clark Melesco’s 2015

wedding of son Clark


heading back to smoke in Montana.

Doug cheated and rented an E bike

to ride during our BackRoads River

Boat Bike trip along the Duoro in

September. Life is full, and it’s good

to catch up with old friends.

Cece Clark Melesco: David and

I are spending most of our time at

our home on Smith Mountain Lake,

VA. He is retired but still does some

substitute judging and mediations.

I spend a lot of my time with my

mother and his mother, who are in

assisted care near the lake. Life is

good. Our children are happy and

healthy and love each other, and we

are in good health. My daughter Alex

and her fiancé bought a house in Old

Village of Mt. Pleasant, S.C., and

are planning a 2019 wedding. My

oldest son, Todd has a 15-year old

son — only grandchild at this time.

Daughter Cameron and her husband

are in Roanoke, VA; son Clark and

his wife are in Falls Church, VA;

and son John is in Rocky Mount. I

keep in touch with Kathy Osborne

Spirtes and see her when she stops

by on her way to N.C.. I’d love to reconnect

with other classmates.

Carol Clement: I got married

last year to Richard Knapp. After we

went on a lovely honeymoon in Europe,

we bought a new home together

in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., and

redecorated. He is adopting my two

sons, and life is so sweet right now.

I love teaching yoga and baby-sitting

my first grandbaby. If you are coming

to L.A., let me know, so we can show

you around.

Sarah Clement: I am planning to

retire from Federal service February

2019, following my 66th birthday. I

have no immediate plans except to

join fellow retirees on weekday bike

rides and sign up for more volunteer

activities. I’ve been on SBC campus

more times in the past couple of

years than I managed in the past 40.

I am so impressed with the progress

the new leadership has made in setting

the College on a course for the

21st century. Presidents Stone and

Woo have my everlasting gratitude

for accepting the challenge and insuring

that SBC continues its mission

begun more than 100 years ago.

I have especially enjoyed four summers

of Sweet Work Weeks, begun

in 2015, where alumnae help with

painting, power washing, gardening,

and office projects around campus in

preparation for the new school year.

Meeting other alumnae from a wide

variety of class years is rewarding and

fun! We should organize a ’75 class

effort for SWW next summer!

Coni Crocker Betzendahl:

Richard and I are both doing well.

Blessed with two more grandchildren!

Keeping busy with family,

painting, gardening, skiing, boating,

and riding. We took a trip to Iceland,

toured for a week, and I trekked on

horseback for a week. Fabulous trip!

I ended up buying one! Icelandic

horses are super fun to ride and the

ground is much closer, as they are really

ponies but they call them horses!

Looking forward taking both horses

up to our place in Vermont for fall

riding and fox hunting, where I am a

whipper in with the hunt.

Lisa Hall Isbell: I continue to

reside in Fairfax, VA, and work as

a paper conservator at the National

Archives in College Park, Md.

Ellen Harrison Saunders:

Whitney and I are still in Suffolk,

VA, enjoying our daughters and

their families, who live in Norfolk,

including a 2-year old granddaughter.

Our son and his family with

a 3-year old granddaughter live in

Philadelphia. I am still active with

the Free Healthcare Clinic, Sweet

Briar Alumnae Admissions, and

church. We traveled to Vietnam and

Cambodia in the spring. Life is busy!

I love seeing Betsy Brooks Jones

and Kathy Rose Rawls whenever

possible, and it is great having Penny

Czarra in the Norfolk area and to

see her at Sweet Briar events.

Ann Henderson Stamets: We

have retired to Arroyo Grande on

the California central coast. Our

son, Jon, graduated from Cal Poly

in 2005 and never left the area. He

found a good job and married Jamey

in 2011. We decided to move to the

area to be closer to them and our

granddaughter, Rylee. Granddaughter

# 2 will arrive in early Oct. We’re

enjoying some traveling and will be

visiting New Zealand and then Peru

in 2019.

Chris Hoefer Myers: I am adjusting

to life without my beloved

husband, Jim, who died in February

2017. Still a fulltime fundraiser at

USC (South Carolina, not Southern

Cal) and grandmother to five. I devote

my free time to gardening (garden

was featured on the 2018 Columbia

Green Tour of Gardens) and

to training my handsome solid black

German Shepherd puppy, Elvis.

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas:

I still live in Syracuse, N.Y. One

twin daughter is working at MUSC

Charleston, and other twin daughter

is a PT in Richmond, having gone

to MUSC for PT school! I have

met up with Linda Lucas Steele in

Richmond, as my son also works

there. While at Whole Foods in Mt.

Pleasant, S.C., in July, I just happened

to be looking at this “girl” who

was checking out; long story short it

was, indeed, Chris Hoefer Myers!

45 years since SBC!

Susie Lilley: I am still teaching

AP Literature at Trinity Prep

in central Florida. Big news is I am

serving as Orlando’s first poet laureate!

It’s challenging and fun to try

to bring the joy of creative writing to

more people in my community. Also,

I have a new book of poems coming

out in Spring 2019, The Green

Hand of Venus. I’ve been enjoying

sharing life adventures on Instagram

with my old partners in crime, Patti

Tucker O’Desky and Missy Nesbitt

Voigt! Although I only had one year

at SBC, I remember so fondly the

Meta Glass gang of the early ’70s.

Linda Lucas Steele: I am celebrating

life with friends & family.

I recollect special times with Claiborne

Gooch Hammond, who

personified the essence of friendship

— she passed in March 2018.

Retired from marketing, I travel with

purpose, preferences defined over

time through experiences — Chihuly

in Asheville, N.C.; Napoleon

in Richmond; Gehry’s Guggenheim

in Bilbao, Spain; gardens in Charleston;

and wineries in Haro, heart of

Rioja, Spain. Thanks to technology,

Roger and I watched every game of

the men’s soccer World Cup, enjoying

the championship in Valladolid,

Spain, with daughter Molly. Son

Austen follows my marketing/sales

career path in Richmond, while son

Evan follows Roger’s in cattle ranching.

Beth Montgomery: I left Hollywood,

CA, and moved to my

hometown, Richmond, and LOVE

it. Have enjoyed being back in touch

with Ann Wesley Ramsey, Gray

Thomas Payne, Catherine Cranston

Whitham, and Betsy Rawles.

Thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Morocco

in the spring with the Virginia

Museum of Fine Arts. Best to all.

Ginny Shipe Cameron: It has

been a tough year! I lost my mom in

October 2017, then my brother-inlaw

in January 2018, followed by my

cousin’s son who was murdered in

Virginia. Medicare coming in handy

since I was diagnosed with cancer in

July. I have undergone chemoradiation

treatment at Hopkins. Meanwhile

enjoying some beach time in

Ocean City, MD, with my son Andrew,

my grandson Colton, and sister

Jan. Still working full time running

this crazy insulation business and

trying to sell my parents’ homes and

contents. Someday, I’ll slow down,

but for now I’ll enjoy living life to the

fullest. Hope everyone is doing well.

Barbie Tafel: I am still in Louisville

with my own business as an

exterior designer and contractor. I

have had my real estate license for

several years, so that now I can help

clients with the whole process of

finding a home and adapting it to fit

their needs while adding curb appeal

and value. I still make time for tennis,

and my life is very full with activities,

family, and traveling to see grandchildren

in San Diego, Denver and Ft.

Lauderdale. I am very involved with

a local Breast Cancer Organization,

Derby Divas (it has been nine years

since my mastectomy, chemo, and radiation),

and now we have partnered

with Churchill Downs for the Kentucky

Oaks Day “Pink Out.” It has

been a phenomenal experience. It is

hard to believe we are all turning 65,

but life has never been better for me!

Dorsey Tillett Northrup: Frank

and I enjoyed a three-week trip to

Alaska in August. However, it was

the beginning of the rainy season;

so go in July if you can!! We are enjoying

good health and hope that the

rest of the Class of 1975 is too. Our

children all live far from us — most

young people leave West Virginia

— so we keep busy visiting N.Y.C.,

Houston, and Flagstaff, AZ. If you

go to the Grand Canyon, get my

daughter Maggie Northrup to be

your tour guide. Love to all!!

Patti Tucker O’Desky: Greetings

from California! After 20 years

in our home in Newport Beach,

husband (of 40 years) Billy and I decided

to downsize to a townhome in

Corona del Mar, so we can live the

“European village lifestyle” and walk

fall 2018



to the beach, restaurants, and shops.

After five months of paying for two

residences, we decided to lease our

townhome. Naturally as soon as the

tenants moved into the townhome,

our house sold with a quick escrow,

leaving us 15 days to do everything,

including finding an interim place to

live. We ended up on the bay front

of Newport Harbor. (Purging and

packing nearly did us in!) Now we

sit on our lanai and watch the sailing

races, outrigger canoe fleets, paddle

boarders, and bay cruisers go by each

day. It’s a great life, and we aren’t sure

if we ever want to move to our townhome.

We even have a big guest bedroom

for anyone who wants to visit!

Moral of the story: Flexibility pays!

You never know how things will end

up until you get there! Precisely what

I learned in 1971, when I traveled

3,000 miles to SBC freshman year.

I ended up on second-floor Meta

Glass and made the most awesome

life-long friends!

Carroll Waters Summerour:

Toby and I took the whole family

(14 of us) to the Tryall Club in Jamaica

for my 65th birthday — same

place we went for my 60th, just more

people! The latest addition to the

family is William Michael Reynolds

(Will) — Kaki and James’ second. I

think everyone is done; so we have

six grands ranging in age from 12

to 1. Toby continues as the chaplain

for Whiteside Cove Summer Chapel

in Cashiers/Highlands area of

North Carolina, averaging 200 each

Sunday. I continue to do volunteer

work (several boards and the vestry

at Good Shepherd) when we are not

babysitting grands. We are planning

a trip down the Danube from Budapest

to Prague to celebrate our 45th

wedding anniversary.

Ann Wesley Ramsey: Highlight

this year was celebrating 40 years of

marriage with a trip to Africa. Travel

certainly helps to have a better world

view and reminds me to appreciate

the good ole USA. I have loved seeing

SBC friends in Maine, Charleston,

and Richmond. Old friends

make the best friends! Rocket and

I will hopefully be blessed with our

5th grandchild Dec. 26 (the 27th anniversary

of my 39th birthday)! All

is good!

Libby Whitley Fulton: It has

been a busy year with the business

I started in 1996 after I left Washington,

D.C., which means I am

approaching my 25th anniversary

as a “minority business owner.” My

company, Mid-Atlantic Solutions

Inc., has grown to be the largest

provider in the U.S. of workers under

the temporary/seasonal H2

visa program. We work with 1,200

employers in 46 states providing

30,000 seasonal agricultural and

non-agricultural workers, who come

to the U.S. on legal visas. On the

home front, husband Dave and I still

live on the farm in Nelson County,

VA, which I bought in 1989. After a

major reconstruction of the ca. 1820

farmhouse in the early 2000’s, I’m

now into a re-do of some of the interior.

I also still import/breed/show

Dartmoor ponies, a British rare

breed. We are holding steady at 12

dogs at the farm (and office), including

German Shepherds, Catahoulas,

Havanese, and Dachshunds, three

cats, and one donkey. I stay in touch

with Randy Anderson Trainor and

Catherine Cranston Whitham on a

regular basis. Randy’s second daughter

is getting married in the spring,

but you’ll probably hear that from

her. Go SBC!

Ashton Williams Harrison: I

live in Richmond (have downsized

to the city) with my husband. We

travel between a river house (White

Stone,VA) and a mountain house

(Wintergreen, Va.) when I am not

working at my current job (a turnaround

for a company I invested in):

Brass Beds of Virginia (and yes, we

manufacture a lot more than brass

beds!). I came out of retirement (I

sold my lighting business in 2011) to

save this company. Could be the subject

of my next book! I keep up with

Christine Kjellstrom Douglas, Ann

Wesley Ramsey, and Gray Thomas

Payne. Call me if you are in the area!

Wendy Wise Routh: The past

year was full of highs and some lows.

Carlos spent the year perfecting his

golf game at Gulfstream and Shinnecock.

Luckily for us, Lon and Anne

Cogswell Burris joined us in Florida

for the member-guest! I was working

on some projects; so I flew back and

forth, managing to be in Water Mill

for every Nor’easter. Lexie is at the

Broadway League. If you tuned into

the Tony’s, that was me in the 2nd

row orchestra pit in the pink and turquoise

in every performance shot on

TV. We went to the after-party and

then onto The Band’s Visit Celebration

for sweeping all the awards. We

Ubered to bed at 4 a.m.! John Carlos

worked the TriBeCa Film festival,

the U.S.G.A. Open at Shinnecock,

the U.S. Open tennis, and Fashion

Week. So, pretty fun year! The pups

are great, and if you are my friend on

Instagram @Wisestwendy, you will

see how cute they are! ’Til next year.

Beverley Crispin Heffernan retired

from the Federal Government

in April 2016 and doesn’t know how

she ever had time to go to the office.

Still riding the horses, had two but

just bought a third, and lately, competing

in the fun sport of mounted

archery. Husband Jim continues to

work as an administrative law judge

for the Department of the Interior.

Sons Jimmy and Chris are doing

well. She and Jim have been able to

enjoy lots of travel in recent years, including

Italy, Hungary, and Austria

this past May; Canada in June; and

they will be off to China in October.

Getting together with college

roomies Nancy Haight, Robin Singleton

Cloyd, and Cynde Manning

Chatham in North Carolina in September.

And I, Anne Cogswell Burris,

continue as your mediocre class secretary

with last- minute newsgatherings!

Lon is still at Wells Fargo Advisors.

I am still part-time bookkeeper

at a small law firm in Charleston,

which allows me to make my own

schedule, so I can enjoy golf, bridg,e

and grandchildren (Thomas, 5, Birdie,

2 and Ben, 1). As I write this,

grand #4 is due any day! Enjoyed a

brief but fun visit with Beth Montgomery

and Ann Wesley Ramsey

while at a family wedding in Richmond

in December 2017. Had a

fun time in Florida last spring with

Wendy Wise Routh, as husbands

played in a member-guest golf tournament.

Instead of retiring, we are

building a house, which should be

ready by early 2020. Thanks to all

for submitting news. It is good to

hear from everyone! And to those

who have reason to come to the “#1

City in the World,” look me up and

we can catch up over lunch or a glass

of wine!!


Margaret Weimer Parrish

862 Main Street

Danville, Va. 24541


Lynn Kahler Rogerson was

married last summer, and husband

Steve and she honeymooned in

South Africa and went skiing in Italy

in January. They acquired a classic

36-foot sailboat and have enjoyed

much sailing this summer. Daughter

Olivia attended SBC as a freshman

last year, Class of 2021. Sadly, she

has decided to spend her sophomore

year at Sewanee (the small

student size at SBC was a concern),

but she hopes to return to SBC for

the Jr. Year in France program. Lynn

hosted a bridal shower for Maureen

O’Hearn Slowinski’s daughter and

celebrated the happy event with her

at the wedding in November. Sally

Mott Freeman and Lynn have enjoyed

getting together, including a

fun evening of ’50s dance lessons.

Caroline Bickel McLoughlin is

a grandmother. Her daughter had a

baby boy on April 11, and they just

had a baptism in the chapel in Hyannis

Port, where her daughter was

baptized as well as married. Caroline

was on the Cape for the summer, enjoying

sailing in her grandad’s classic

67-year-old wooden sailboat, playing

golf and tennis. Husband Hollis has

retired, and they went on the Windstar

cruise from Greece to Italy and

then explored Italy on their own for

another 10 days. Last Thanksgiving,

they took a road trip south to see

family in Alabama and stopped to

see Ookie Hayes Cooper in Nashville.

Caroline also saw Meg Shields

Duke in Delray, where Meg has

beautifully renovated her beachfront

condo. The spring was filled with

her new grandson, who luckily lives

a few minutes from Caroline outside

of D.C. In June she took a group trip

to Israel with the minister from St.

Mark’s Church in Ft. Lauderdale.

Connie Radford Butler has just

begun her 30th year of teaching preschool

and is delighted to still be

able to sit cross-legged on the floor!

Third grandson joined the family last

October, born to son Robert and his

wife, Alex. Connie says she is blessed

to have both children and their families

living in Louisville. Children’s


equipment, toys, and games once

again fill the house and yard!

Teesie Costello Howell enjoyed

a fun lunch with Peggy Weimer

Parrish, Norma Neblett Roadcap,

Lochrane Coleman Smith, and

Elliott Graham Schoenig in Richmond

when Lochrane was visiting

relatives there, and she entertained

us with stories of her antics to raise

funds for charity, à la SBC “Asses,”

complete with wig and boa! Glad

to know she hasn’t changed. Teesie

is still working as a mortgage loan

officer, with retirement not yet in

sight. Husband Chris retired in the

spring and plays a lot of golf. She is

getting ready to go to Nashville with

a bunch of high school friends for a

few days.

In addition to the aforementioned

lunch, Norma Neblett Roadcap

and husband Richard traveled to

Dallas this summer to see one of her

roommates from senior year, Anne

Simonds Lowe ’78.

Melanie Coyne Cody is still

working as VP of director of talent

for Y&R /Wunderman Chicago.

Daughter Sarah was married April

7 at the Deerpath Inn in Lake Forest.

Missy McNatt flew out for the

festivities. The wedding was their

“big trip” this year; so no travel adventures

to share. Daughter Caitlin

received a promotion: VP of group

planning director at Digitas.

Catherine Farrar Adams is

still working with Christine Fox in

her ladies boutique in Warrenton

by the same name. She’s retiring in

December; so she will have ample

time for other endeavors. She went

to see daughter Sally in Colorado

Springs this summer and, as of this

writing, just returned from a visit

with her cousin in Maine who is a

Hollins girl. Son Preston is a chef in

Asheville, which he loves. Her aunt,

Frances Brooke ’38, turned 101 on

June 7 and is still living at home in

Lexington ... sharp as a tack!!

Ann Kiley Crenshaw welcomed

granddaughter Carlisle Crenshaw

into the family in September. Son

Clarke and his wife, Whitney, live

in Dallas with big sister Kiley Crenshaw.

Son Gordon received his MBA

from Wharton in May. He and his

wife, Hannah, live in Richmond. She

enjoyed a family vacation this summer

and plans to celebrate family

Christmas at the Greenbrier. Sally

Old Kitchin, Lisa Nelson Robertson,

Susan Snodgrass Wynne, and

Ann hosted President Woo’s visit to

the Virginia Beach area.

Debbie Mutch Olander is once

again heading into the hurricane season

after two rough years in a row.

She has been forced to become a

sports fan of sorts, with two brothers

in pro golf and a nephew with the

NFL — so that’s exciting. Mostly

she is concentrating on ridding her

life of stress.

Gina Spangler Polley and her

husband, David, are still importing

LVT from China for the hospitality

market, and at the age of 84, David is

still going to Korea and China. Gina

just competed in the world championship

horse show in Louisville

and got 2nd place in the junior fine

harness mare class. Son Frank and

his wife, Mariya, just graduated with

MBAs from Stern (him) and Wharton

(her). Gina and David took them

on a cruise of the Greek islands.

Ann Works Balderston spends

4 months in Jackson, Wyo., in the

summer, riding, hiking, and enjoying

the wildlife! Her two daughters,

both SBC graduates, live there —

Maggie is the Head Kid Wrangler

at the R Lazy S Ranch, and Sarah

is a nurse at the Jackson hospital.

Her son comes out from NYC for

a couple of weeks each year. Her

husband, Biv, is inching toward retirement,

but not there yet. The rest

of the time they are in Pittsford,

N.Y. Ann stays in close touch with

Andie Yellott, saw Christy Sauer ’77

a couple of times in the past year, and

has enjoyed catching up with Dede

Alexandre LeComte. She loves all

of her Facebook connections too. If

anyone heads to Wyoming, please be

in touch for wine and a view.


Suzanne Stryker Ullrich

820 Waverly Rd.

Kennett Square, PA 19348


Well, WHAT a 40th Reunion

it was! We were 62 strong! That

pushed us to win the Nancy Godwin

Baldwin Award for highest Reunion

attendance, named for Cannie

Crysler Shafer’s aunt, so it was appropriate

that we were able to pull

off THAT coup! The descriptions

sent in by some were ‘epic’, ‘a blast’,

‘awesome’ and ‘amazing’ and everyone

arrived by ‘Planes, Trains and

Automobiles’! It was so much fun to

have so many back on campus, but

we wished we could all have been

there. Life takes us to far-away places,

bringing in those life experiences

that force us to choose, always wishing

we could be in multiple places at

one time! Those that could not be

there in person were greatly missed,

but hope you got a sense of the excitement

from the many pictures

that were submitted and compiled!

(Please contact Muffy or me if you

would like that link again.)

And, did I mention the pre-party

at Toni Christian Brown’s farm in

Lexington? The weekend was kicked

off in grand style with 36 classmates,

and some hubbies, in attendance!

(Yes, there were 10 brave souls in

all!) There was food and fun galore,

and maybe a few drinks, with friendships

being rekindled and memories

rehashed! Those who were able to

come to Virginia a day early stayed

in Lexington and at Toni’s, complete

with Lauren Place Young and Jean

Beard Barden pitching a tent! The

weather cooperated beautifully! Toni

and Jim were gracious to host what

has over the years become a bit of a

tradition started years ago by both

Toni and our Robin Jones Eddy,

each of them taking turns hosting.

“Pre-Reunion helped me get lots of

little projects cleared up!” It was also

Toni’s birthday, so there were many

cards and balloons! “The horse and

pig were a big hit with the ‘grands’!”

Toni took a birthday ride the next

morning while the rest of us sat and

drank coffee on the porch! (Be sure

to free up your calendar to attend in

2023!) Fortunately, this early start to

the weekend allowed Betsy Moore

Conti to see some classmates before

heading of to hubby, Gene’s, 50th

Reunion at Georgetown.

Deb Davison Klein came into

Baltimore from CA for Reunion,

and was able to spend extra time

with Mary Page Stewart, and after

picking up Cannie at the train station,

and Kathy Jackson Howe at

the airport, the four of them headed

south to VA. What a ride that must

have been! Once back in Baltimore,

Deb was able to spend time with

Mary Goodwin Gamper, and visit

with Freshman and Sophomore

roomie, Suzy Gillette Chewning

who is teaching riding in Monkton,

MD. “Laguna Beach has been beautiful

this summer, I’m still selling

real estate and riding horses, and

of course partying! Missing my ’78


Katie Renaud Baldwin has finally

retired, again, but says she

seems busier than ever! There is “lots

of home remodeling and babysitting

my granddaughters, trips to Michigan

to see my parents, and many

friends have stopped by the farm.

All in all, life is good but sad to have

missed Reunion!” You too were

missed Katie!

Lee Carollo Boyes keeps thinking

of retiring from teaching science

at Petaluma HS in CA, but ‘I

love my teaching, so I don’t!” Riding

keeps her busy, along with ballroom

dancing for fun. “Two big dogs to

walk keeps me in shape.” Bet the

dancing does too!

There were a few weddings

recently. One of Cathy Mellow

Golterman’s twin daughters was

married in June. Christen and Peter

Grote are now living 5 minutes away

and Christen will be teaching at The

Special School District in St Louis

with her twin sister, and bridesmaid,

Catherine. Son Woody is in his 2nd

year of law school, does Bike for

the Cure for Kids with Cancer and

is working part time at a bike shop

in Tampa, FL. Cathy continues to

teach, nanny and dog sit on weekends!

A couple of summer getaways

included a trip to Wisconsin and to a

nephew’s wedding in TN.

Muffy had the most wonderful

time scheming with Suzanne, helping

take care of details, ordering the

fun cups, napkins etc. Afterwards,

she kindly sent out select pictures

from Reunion to all who attended!

Always so thoughtful! The fun that

created was reflected in the many

notes that followed! (We are really

trying to keep ‘the glow’ going!)

Janet Rakoczy wrote that Maggie

Laurent Gordy had been in

town and got together, as well as

always being in touch with Paula

Brown Kelley and Anne Riordan

Flaherty. Janet was very much looking

forward to seeing Carrie Ruda

in late September, to listen to those

wonderful wedding bells chime! A

fun tidbit from Janet...” I ran into

fall 2018



my vet at the farmers market. His

daughter was with him. I had never

met her before. He had told me that

his daughter loved going to farmers

markets while she was away at

school so they decided to check out

some of the local ones while she was

home for the summer. Turns out she

is at SBC, has her horse there and

is loving it. I was the first alum “in

the wild” (outside of a Sweet Briar

event) that she ever met.” Great

minds think alike! Janet closed with

“It so makes me smile to think of

everyone!” Reunions will do that to

you! Maggie spent a lot of time this

summer in her oasis of a garden in

St. Augustine, FL (Pictures don’t lie!

It’s gorgeous!), along with the mosquitoes!

“I start at about 7:30 or 8 to

be done by 10, when dear old Mother

Nature turns up the dial on her

oven from “bake” to “broil”. Then I go

inside and play house.” It’s been that

kind of a summer for many!

Jane Hemenway Sullivan was

unable to attend Reunion, as there

was a conflict with her daughter

Elizabeth’s graduation from Williams.

Later in June she was busy

continuing training with the Empire

Dragon NYC Dragon Boat team

(breast cancer and cancer survivors

all!) for competition in the Dragon

Boat crew races in Florence, Italy!

The races were in early July, and Betsy

Moore Conti was there to cheer

her on in Florence, while Ieke Osinga

Scully was able to be part of her

cheering section at races in Harford,

CT, last August. (For more information

on the Florence races and

Dragon Boat races in general, go to


Cannie Crysler Shafer’s daughter,

Francie, was also married this

past Spring!

Becky Mulvihill McKenna was

also busy planning a late summer

wedding for her daughter, Erin. The

new couple moved to Seattle, which

is fortunately fairly close to oldest

daughter, Katie. Katie finished her

Family Medicine residency and lives

as a Family Doctor in Hood River,

OR. Glad Becky is able to catch her

breathe since she will have to dive

right into planning Katie’s wedding

for next March in Guatemala where

she had worked in the Peace Corps!

Second daughter, Maggie, “gifted us

with a beautiful, redheaded granddaughter,

who is just one. We are

loving the whole ‘grandparent’ thing!”

Along with all of this, Becky is still

working full time as a Marriage and

Family Therapist in St Louis. She

also continues as an adjunct professor,

teaching school professionals

about families. Husband Ken still

works as a counselor at a local HS,

while spending as much time with

his passion, traditional Irish music,

as possible. “We are busy and enjoying

being a part of our daughters’ life


And news from Carrie Ruda! As

of Sept. 29 she became Mrs. James

Carlsen! Congratulations to the new

couple! “Jim is certainly my blessing

– we are having so much fun and

finding love in our sixties so surprising.

We enjoy watching my sister-inlaw

at National Symphony concerts,

dancing at Glen Echo, and definitely

eating out too much!” Carrie is still

working so they “mostly enjoy simple

things like talking after sunset on our

screened porch and watching the fire

flies. I’ve learned to plan fall weekends

around Notre Dame football…

Jim even took me to South Bend for

the Navy game!” Jim retired from

Northrup Grumman after 25 years,

was USMC JAG, and also practiced

with McGuire Woods. “We are still

getting settled in our new home but

try to spend weekends at Jim’s place

on a creek off the Chesapeake Bay,

where there are also fire flies….and

osprey, geese and herons!”

Jamie Anne Murray Ferreira:

Wishing all well. A turbulent year for

me but now in good hands medically

and feeling much better. Our house

is almost completely renovated, and

we spend a lot of time in the garden.

Merlin, our Springer keeps me busy.

Still riding, if not as often. Portugal

is lovely. Always enjoy hearing from

alums and students, adore SBC.

Kim Hershey Hatcher: My

husband, George, and I celebrated

our 40th anniversary in June! Our

son, Georgie, and his wife are living

in Denver, CO, where he is working

at the University of Denver. Our

daughter, Lynn, graduated from Gettysburg

College in May of 2017 and

is now a communications assistant

with Nahigian Strategies, located in

the Willard Hotel in Washington,

D.C. We visit Sweet Briar often and

stay with George’s aunt, Mary Brugh

’57, in Clifford.

Lenore Cox was delighted to see

everyone at Reunion, “especially my

Roomies – Katherine Powell Heller

and Lisa Spruill Darby.” Lenore

will be moving back to Lynchburg at

some point in the future. No excuse

for not getting to campus from there!

A wild time was had by Ieke

Osinga Scully and Cassandra

Smith Babbitt after Cassandra

picked her up in Connecticut to

head down to Virginia for Reunion

festivities, complete with a roadside

picnic on the way! With all three

boys and an empty nest, Ieke and retired

hubby Mark have taken on an

historic renovation project in their

hometown of Simsbury, Conn. They

are trying to update it with as many

energy-efficient features as such a

project will allow. Ieke enjoys her

trips back to SBC and “feeling the

good energy there, especially during

Sweet Work Weeks! Always more to

do than I have time for, but the sense

of accomplishment each time for

that special place each time!” Thanks,

Ieke! Those weeks are really amazing!

Perhaps a class group next year?

As for Cassandra, life is too busy!

Her quilting business is really taking

off, her mother recently moved in,

and Jim will again be traveling back

and forth from Riyadh. “The best

part of this year was touching base

with so many classmates as ‘hands’

flooded into my life! I had the BEST

time!” She had a short visit with

grandchildren last summer, and was

hoping to visit them again in Victoria,

BC this fall. “Right now, I make

do with reading books via Skype!”

Great idea! Another highlight was a

visit with Becky Burt ’76, who was in

Maine last summer.

Lu Litton Griffin reflected joyfully

about all of the activities of the

Reunion weekend, remarking on a

special get-together for lunch with

Margaret Simpson and most of the

’78 Bio Majors! Sadly, Anne Stelle

couldn’t make it at the last minute after

breaking a leg (ironically the same

leg she had broken in school!). Here’s

a twist: bio major Nancy Robinson

Lindberg, turned family practice

doctor, retired, is now weaving and

hiking! Nancy surprised all of the

biology majors, and Miss Simpson,

with lovely pale pink and green bamboo

scarves that she had woven! Talented

lady! There were lots of tales

told, and memories stirred, complete

with The Cut Up Crew! Lu had been

busy with all of the festivities and

special events around her church’s

125th Anniversary. Daughter Sarah

finished her Community Pharmacy

Residency at Wake Forest Baptist

Health this past June and is now

working for them in Winston-Salem.

Son Ivey is living life in Raleigh

working for Infosys as a software

engineer, has bought his first house,

and plays percussion with a band

that had their first public event in

late summer! That’s exciting! “Alan

works in Linville and Morgantown

with his custom home construction

business while I continue to be as

busy as ever! We, like many our age,

have elderly parents and relatives

that increasingly need assistance.”


Donna Mihalik Lee writes

“Thank goodness for my studies in

English and creative writing from

Sweet Briar!” Hermanuscript Intersection

on Neptune has won the Prize

Americana for Poetry 2018. The

book is to be published by The Poetry

Press of Press Americana. http://


prizeamericana.htm . She has another

book, On the Altar of Greece,

which is now available at The Book

Shop at Sweet Briar! “Thank you,

Anne Doolittle and Lynn Lewis!”

And an interview with Donna was

just published in the Rappahannock

Review. “In it, I talk about Sweet Briar

and creative writing. I thought you

might be interested. Here’s the link:



. Donna has a long list of

published poetry! If you are interested

please contact her or me!)

And it seems we now have two

ordained ministers in our class! Cindy

McKay, who gave thanks and a

lovely tribute to those we have lost

in our class during Reunion, (and

kept us all laughing!), is now joined

by Beth Cone Preston. Beth was

ordained July 15th and is living in

Spencer, Iowa. A lovely write-up of

the event can be found at http://


blogs/1954/entry/71765 . Congratulations,


Elizabeth Perkinson ‘Perk’


Cassandra Smitth Babbitt and Becky Burt ‘76 in Maine

Beth Cone Preston ‘78 was

ordained July 15

Lauren McManus Huyett ‘79 and

Suzanne Stryker Ullrich ‘78

Lots of smiles at 1978’s Class Welcome in Grammer Lounge Friday night

at Reunion.

We are off to Reunion! Class of ’78 members: Cindy McKay, Muffy

Hamilton Parsons, Ann Key Lucas

The Cut-Up Crew of ‘78 reunites! Suzanne Stryker Ullrich, Lu Litton Griffin, Carey Johnson FLeming, Prof.

Margaret Simpson, Nancy Robinson Lindberg, Katherine Powell Heller and Susan Negaard Harley

Jane Hemenway Sullivan ‘78

and Betsy Moore Conti ‘78

celebrating after the Dragon Boat

Races in Florence

Simmons misses everyone from

Reunion! “Don’t feel like we hardly

got there before we were all leaving!

Love rekindling my real estate career

here on the NC Coast with Coldwell

Banker Sea Coast Advantage

and Carolyn Birbick Thomason ’80.

They use the latest, most up-to-date

technology so I am in a steep learning

curve and having a grand time!”

You’ve got this, Perk! During trips

to Topsail Beach this summer, and

always, come wonderful memories

of fun times from May 2017! Might

there be another mini-reunion in our

future? (stay tuned!) As I was writing

these notes I was able to catch

up with Carey Johnson Fleming.

She and her extended family rented

Perk’s cousin’s cottage in Topsail

Beach in September! Lots of fun

times! (This was the same house

we rented for the Mini-Reunion in

2107) Gus was very much looking

forward to his return visit to the

beach as well! Carey and David have

been between houses during most

of the summer, renting a house next

to the new house being renovated in

Pendleton, SC. Feel free to ask Carey

about the unwanted visitor in the

rental house during all of those rainstorms

last summer! Again, wonderful

memories from Reunion, and

catching up with so many!

Lauren Place Young has been

bopping all over New England,

down to school and back, fitting in

visits and time with as many as possible!

In her words…. “I had so much

fun camping out under the stars and

fireflies with Jean Barden at Toni’s

fabulous party and farm. Thank you,

Toni, for hosting our class! It was a

blast seeing and reconnecting with

so many classmates at reunion. Since

March I have traveled to Nantucket

once a month visiting Marianne

Hutton Felch ‘79 and my daughter,

Brittany, who both live there yearround.

Marianne’s husband Bob

Felch reached out to Jean Beard

Barden to cater Marianne’s 63rd

Birthday party on July 31st. Jean, her

daughter, my two daughters, myself

and sous chef Suzanne Ullrich, all

fall 2018



Class of 1978: Cannie Chrysler Shafer, Lisa Wray Longino, Mary Page Stewart, Becky Dane Evans, Kathering

Powell Heller, with Lynn Spilman Williams and Cassandra Smith Babbitt in the background

helped transport from the mainland,

prep, cook, then serve the yummy

‘Jean’s Cuisine Specialties’ in ‘Sconset.

Thumbs up and very good job,

Jean! You outdid yourself. A special

thank you to Suzanne for picking up

the THREE forgotten layered birthday

cakes in CT. (Can you imagine

the looks crossing on the Ferry?)

‘Hut’s’ party was a special reunion for

us all. We made a Hollins graduate at

the birthday party very jealous of our

fierce SBC group and bond. I had a

fun overnight visit on 8/1 with Barbara

Peck at her beautiful Hartland,

VT, home. My commute to work the

next day was only 20 minutes so we

are stoked that we are so close and

look forward to many more get togethers!

Ironically, I just moved to

Hartland myself to be closer to my

job and work week to avoid the daily

1 1/2 hour drive.” Lauren works

in Hanover, NH, at ‘The Greens at

Hanover’ running an independent

retirement home which has 28 condos.

“Last Fall I sold a condo owned

by an SBC graduate from ‘48 to another

SBC ’50 graduate, “Jo Grant”

who now calls her condo the ‘Briar

Suite!’ How is that for keeping it in

the SBC circle?! Cassandra Babbitt

and husband came to visit me at The

Greens during our Friday hospitality

Happy Hour(s)! I hope to reconnect

with more SBC friends this summer

and fall” During her late August visit

to Nantucket, Lauren was able to reconnect

with ‘lost, now found’ classmates

Margaret Meads Nordlinger

and Lindsley Matthews. Margaret is

in NYC and looking forward to reconnecting

with more SBC friends,

while Lindsley now lives on Nantucket

selling real estate after having

lived in VA and NYC. Lauren ends

in typical Lauren fashion. “For now

I am still smiling and laughing from

our 40th! Hugs to all of you. Aloha!”

Yes, we all get around, hopefully

always connecting with SBC sisters,

near and far! On my travels back from

Nantucket I was able to have some

blueberry pie at the Hot Chocolate

Sparrow in Orleans, on the Cape,

with again new grandmother, Anne

Taylor Quarles Doolittle. Daughter

Betsy had a ‘little’ 9lbs 12oz baby girl

in August. Thank goodness she was

taken a bit early! Guess we know

where ATQ will be for a while! Keep

those thoughts and prayers flowing

their way! Life throws challenges at

us, which gives us a chance to rise to

the occasion! (ATQ, you are strong

and will get all through this!) Maybe

that is why we are all so good at finding

new passions in life as we? Or is

it that we got to test the waters in SO

many areas while at school? Keep on

painting, Anne! Another treat while

on the Cape was a visit with Lauren

McManus Huyett ’79 in East Falmouth.

Eating, sitting on the beach,

ice cream and relaxing…just a great

time catching up!

I continue to travel with Rick periodically,

sometimes he even travels

for vacation! We went to Ireland for

a nephew’s wedding, as well as seeing

a friend we met in New Caledonia

and another friend whom I have

remained friends with since second

grade. Ireland was experiencing a

drought, so the weather was consistently

warm for us, while the Irish

were ‘sweltering’! It was glorious! It

was also a treat to spend some time

in Scotland. Think ‘Outlander’! Castles,

haggis, black and white pudding,

kippered herring….and of course,

a ‘wee bit ‘o whiskey’! Two out of

the three boys are nearby with the

‘grands’, one each, while the youngest

is in AL. Ned decided to take a hiking

trip that has been in the works

for many years with his friend (since

pre-K!) to Zion, Escalante, and back

country hiking in Grand Canyon

Nat’l Parks in Sept. Oldest Alex has

taken on any and all sorts of cycling

activities, making this mom a little

nervous on a regular basis! His

1-year-old son, Leo, is the apple of

his eye! Second son, Andrew, is also

smitten and stays busy with 2-yearold

Laurel. On a personal note, I cannot

fully express my total surprise

and gratitude for the amazing quilt,

and book of the collection of notes

and chronological pictures from all

our Reunions that so many of you

contributed to. A special shout out to

Muffy for taking the time to compile

the lovely personal notes and pictures

into such a treasured keepsake!

I find I need a tissue nearby every

time I look through it! It was such

a hoot, conspiring with Muffy on

everything leading up to our 40th!

(Thank goodness we don’t have ‘long

distance charges’ of old to deal with!)

The hours of planning were all worth

it just to see everyone’s faces as they

chatted and laughed all weekend!

We already have a few more plans

up our sleeves, so…Watch out! For

those of you not in the Class of ’78,

a little background… Instigated by

Cassandra Smith Babbitt (‘Quilter

Extraordinaire’), and Muffy Hamilton

Parsons, brainstormed with

various other classmates, classmates

were asked to submit a picture/scan

of their hands. A total of 72 hands

came streaming in by mail, email,

and FB from across the country,

and around the world, to Cassandra!

Keeping track of it all was (I’m

sure!) controlled chaos! Each hand

silhouette (many with hidden special

meanings, one with our 4-legged

Mini Reunion 2017 mascot, Gus’s

paw print and another with a spoon

from Chef Jean!) was then made into

a fabric block and used to create a

unique, and oh! so special quilt for

this Class Secretary! I was in shock,

in tears, somewhat speechless, and

more than a little touched! The black

and white ‘newsprint’ fabrics (appropriate

from a ‘notes’ perspective~),

accented with pink and green (of

course!) were put together in such

a way that during a recent period of

‘stuck in the house’ I truly felt all the

hugs from the arms attached to those

hands! It was so very comforting,

and I can’t thank you all enough! It

will be treasured for MANY years!

Cassandra also presented Muffy

with a well deserved, magnificent

quilt for being my cohort in crime

during the past couple of years, and

now our Class President! Being your

class secretary is an honor and a joy,

but I haven’t done it alone! Over the

years there have been others…Paula

Brown Kelley, Janet Rakoczy, Michelle

Tarride Frazier, (did I miss

someone?)… and all of you! Thank


you for being true SBC Sisters! Keep

reaching out to each other, re-kindle

friendships and support each other.

You never know who will need that

little something extra, putting a smile

on their face, or lending a shoulder to

cry on. As always, sending Hugs!


Robbie McBride Bingham

773 Shady Dr. E

Apt. 101

Pittsburgh, PA 15228


Louise Mueller Cook: Both of

my sons are out of undergrad school.

One is applying to grad school. The

younger one is engaged! I am feeling

a bit old and irrelevant. [Fortunately,

she is great and we love her.] Both

boys, the fiancé and I are going to

Utah for a horseback trip to three

national parks. Longest day is 9

hours in the saddle. We are going to

be sore. Can’t wait for every aching

minute of it. I see Claire Cartwright

Vaughn once in a while. Also Diane

Dillworth Gates. Really looking forward

to our 40th. I hope many of us

will be there.

Susan Andrews Cruess: Leigh

retired on March 31 and is enjoying

the relaxed lifestyle. With no limit

on vacation days, we have had the

following adventures: just returned

from 5 weeks in Ontario at Leigh’s

family cottage; drove out to Deep

River, taking the northern route

through Canada on the way out

and the southern route through MI,

MN, and N.D. on the way home. At

least we missed the worst smoke in

Calgary from the wildfires in British

Columbia. We were home for a week

before flying to Toronto for our son

Jim’s wedding. We adore his fiancé

and are looking forward to sharing

in the celebration with friends and

family from across North America.

Looking forward to trips to France

and Palm Springs this fall. And of

course the highlight for 2019 travel

will be Reunion! Can’t wait to see

everyone in June.

Vicki Wingate Wilkes: I’m still

working in S.C. state government

handling real estate needs for the

intellectually disabled. Husband

Craig has retired from being a pastor

at First Presbyterian Columbia.

Together we shuffle bio son George

(10th grade) and adopted daughter

from Russia, Susannah Kate (7th),

to school, golf, and gymnastics. Our

schedule isn’t our own with things

to do for our elderly parents, 2 cats,

and 2 dogs. We’re the “poster” couple

for the “sandwiched” generation! Our

favorite family times outside home

and church are UGa football, times

in N.C. mountains and south GA

timber farm, and any historic site

in-between. Have squeezed in trips

to Alaska, Arizona/Utah, and New

England. Hope to make 40th both at

SBC and UVa (where I finished), but

reunions coincide with kids’ exams

week. Who would have thought at

my 40th I’d be hindered by such!

Lauren Huyett: We are doing

great up here in Massachusetts. Bill

and I both still work full-time — he

is at Ironwood Pharmaceuticals in

Cambridge, and I am still working a

ton for my own decorating company.

All 5 kids are doing well. Kate is

in Manhattan working for Bombas.

Phil and Megan are in Pasadena for

a fellowship year (he is an ENT surgeon).

They are expecting our first

grandchild any day! They will be back

in Boston next June. Peter and Chip

live together in Boston and work for

451 Research and Wayfair. Susan is

off to London for a graduate program

in production design. She had a lot

of fun working on the TV show “Billions”

last year. Anyone near Concord

or Falmouth, please come visit!

Robbie McBride Bingham: Sold

the condo, William moved closer to

work and in with his girlfriend, and

I am in a wonderful 1929 apartment.

Sam graduated from UNM with a

B.S. in math and a B.A. in philosophy.

He got an internship with the

Air Force and is starting a master’s

program of his own design. I spent

the summer catching up on my act 48

continuing education hours and went

to Nags Head, N.C. and Sweet Briar

for SWW, with stops in Washington,

D.C., where I caught up with Megan

Morgan ’76. Lots of fun.

Susan Lineburry: I recently

joined Cindi Little Townsend to

celebrate her birthday. It was a very

entertaining experience in a salt

cave spa. I wish it had made all the

wrinkles go away. Finally, I am truly

looking forward to seeing everyone at

Reunion in 2019. It’s hard to believe

it has been 40 years.


Myth Monnich Bayoud

6269 Oram St.

Apt. 21

Dallas, TX 75214


Florence Barnick writes that

“gasp” 2020 is our 40th reunion, so

we need to make a big effort to be

there. She has been trying to fit in

Sweet Briar Work Weeks and almost

made it this year.

Felecia Bernstein attended

Sweet Briar Work Weeks for the

second year. It’s work, but such good

work. If you have not been back —

the food service is great and the campus

still needs some work, but it has

life in it.

Leslie Bires in San Francisco

has a new job working for the dynamic

young female president of

First Republic Bank. Her oldest son,

Alex, heads off to Cal Poly in September.

Colin is a freshman in high

school. Her active, golf-playing Dad

turned 90 on Labor Day, and her ever-youthful,

on-the-go Mom (SBC

’53) will be 86.

Lind Robinson Bussey has

crossed over into her 60s. She saw

Ireland via horseback with husband

and friends this summer. All

of her children are married and she

is expecting her 5th grandchild at

Thanksgiving. She would love to

cross paths with Sweet Briar classmates.

She stays busy playing golf.

Martha Freuhauf spent a fabulous

weekend with Georgia Schley

Ritchie and Beth Fletcher Lubin at

Georgia’s mountain retreat in Highlands,

North Carolina.

Charlotte Gay Gerhardt writes

that 2018 has been an exciting and

very busy year. She became a firsttime

grandmother, and like many

of us turned 60! Oldest daughter

and her husband welcomed Emmaline

into the world this spring, and

youngest daughter is off to get her

MBA at Oxford this fall. All three

joined forces from Salt Lake City,

Richmond, and NYC to throw a

party for Charlotte with an Elton

John theme. On top of that, they

recently sold their home of 21 years

and are dramatically downsizing.

Lisa Heisterkamp Davis writes

that life is good. Augusta (28) is a

bona fide social worker and Dashiel

(26) is a law school student at Boston

College. Lisa and her husband,

Josh, went to Morocco and the Canary

Islands to celebrate their 30th

anniversary. She met up with Sarah

Skaggs ’79 and Mary Gearhart ’78 at

Christmastime and went to see the

choreography Mimi Garrard ‘58, in

NYC. Aimee Kass’79 joined them

for a spirited walk on the High Line

and they passionately reminisced

about Sweet Briar!

Ginny Hoff says we need to

plan a reunion for the Class of 1980

during Sweet Briar Work Weeks in

2020. She has been for the last three

years and really enjoyed meeting alums

from other classes. Ginny, Amy

Campbell Lamphere and Myth

Monnich Bayoud discussed making

something happen at the Boathouse.

Phyllis Watt Jordan is officially

an empty nester, with son Jake starting

his freshman year at the University

of Vermont and daughter Miranda

a senior at Emerson College

in Boston. She’s working at Georgetown

University, helping think tanks

translate their research for a broader

audience. She met up with Emily

Quinn McDermott, Lisa Ward

Connors and Cindy Stover Motyko

at Emily’s home near Narragansett

in July.

Tinsley Place Lockhart’s son

Beauregard and his wife Beatriz had

a daughter in June, Elodie Lockhart.

At two months old, she’d already

been to Azerbaijan and travelled on

a train from Baku to Georgia (not

the US state!). Tinsley and husband

John have travelled a lot this

year: Bermuda in May, London and

Isle of Wright in July, home in Edinburgh

seeing great comedy at the

Festival Fringe in August, then the

beach outside of Venice for a couple

of weeks in September. She enjoyed

seeing Laurie Newman Tuchel,

who spent part of the year at Leith

College of Art in Edinburgh. They

all caught up with Georgia Schley

Ritchie when she was passing

through as part of her travel agency


Richard and Ellen Clement

Mouri are in Rixeyville, VA, daughter

Sarah and her husband Erik are

in Paris, KY, and son Cameron is in

Boulder, CO. Ellen writes that Cameron

is a sushi chef at Sushi Zamni

fall 2018



John Wiles, Janel Wiles ’80 and

Myth Bayoud ’80 in Vail

Myth Bayoud ’80, Janel Wiles ’80

snowshoeing around the vail golf


and loves everything about living in

CO. Sarah and Erik just returned

from a trip to Norway in July. Ellen

kept the “grand dogs” while they were

gone and they fit in with Ellen’s Dobermans.

She stops and visits Monument

Hill on her way to dog shows

several times a year. Her youngest

Doberman is one major win away

from an AKC Championship. She

is still riding and took her OTTB to

his first dressage schooling show last

month. She writes, “Life is busy here

on our little farm and the animals

keep us humble!”

Judi Noel is retired now and enjoying

her farm in Bedford, VA, with

her husband and two spoiled dogs.

Life is good.

Ann Conolly Simpson writes

that 2018 has been great! She was in

Mexico In December, hiking in Utah

in June, and boating this summer…

plus LOTS of tennis. She is still at

the Dragon’s Nest selling toys like

crazy and Hannah (29) is a teacher

at a middle school.

Myth Monnich Bayoud, your

class secretary, has been busy! Her

son, Charlie (who now calls himself

Chuck Ryan on the radio) is a

sophomore majoring in Journalism

at Mizzou. She is now a Mizzou Tiger

fan! In February, she was in Vail

with Janel Hughes Wiles and her

husband John. They skied and took a

long snowshoe trek on the Vail Golf

Course in the wet snow. The back 9

was even closed! She spent Memorial

Day in Kennesaw, Georgia, at the

Wiles’ playing golf and swimming.

She sees Carolyn Birbick Thomason

and Tish Longest Tyler about

twice a year. If you have a new email

address, please email it to her at:



Mary Claire Purnell

Five Park Place, Apt. 408

Annapolis, MD 21401


Susan Pinkard Morgan is still

teaching 6th grade math and living in

south Florida. Married 28 years this

May, her daughter will be 23 soon.

She loves living with two cats, one

dog, “and the folks mentioned above.”

Quinne Fokes is busy doing

UX research projects, looking for an

on-going gig, painting, doing Kempo,

almost done with MS in HCI

(two more classes to go), and she put

up a blog called ConversationsWith-


Susan Graham Campbell moved

to Medford, NJ, this past spring to

be closer to her horses after nearly 30

years in center city Philadelphia. She

has been semi-retired for 20 months

and is just now starting to think

about re-entering the workforce in

some capacity. Her daughter, Sarah,

lives and works in Philadelphia so

she gets to see her regularly which

is very nice. She just spent a week in

NE Harbor, ME, with her wonderful

parents. Life is good!

Anne Grosvenor Evrard and

husband, Walter, are grandparents

again: Helene gave birth to Mathide

last November. Raphael is now 16

months and is walking and talking!

Anne is about to begin renovating

their house in the Basque Country.

She will be in Memphis for Thanksgiving

to see her daughter Clotilde

who now lives in Tennessee.

Carol Hays Hunley and Tom

are loving Charlotte, NC. Tom has

retired and Carol continues to enjoy

her role at Ally Bank. They are excited

for their daughter Chrissy’s wedding

in Gloucester, MA on September

2 and I can’t wait to see Vickie

Archer there! I have become active

in the local MS Society chapter and

enjoy connecting with others dealing

with MS. “I am blessed to be living

a full life surrounded by loved ones.”

Hillary Lewis Bennett lives in

Alexandria, VA, and is still close

with Dana McBride Jackson. They

even went hiking this summer on

Mt. Rainier. She retired from teaching,

but is still singing, cycling and

enjoying theatre and Bible Study.

“Look me up!”

As for me, Claire Purnell, our

big news is that our daughter Mary

(24) married Paul Hearding last

May in Telluride, CO. It was a wonderful

weekend with all kinds of

weather including a little snow on

the wedding day. Liz (21) is a senior

at Fordham U and is studying

Sustainability. I am headed to Pittsburgh,

PA and am excited to stay

with Liz Winson Sweeney. I also

stay in touch with Kearsley Rand

Waggoner who is as witty as ever.


Patti Snodgrass Borda Mullins

15 Tenth Avenue

Brunswick, Md. 21716


Patti Snodgrass Borda Mullins:

I am vicariously enjoying my husband

Earl’s retirement; with his boat

moored in Annapolis, we frequently

sail on the Chesapeake Bay. We were

part of a chartered flotilla in February

from St. Lucia to ports in Martinique

and thereabouts. Novice sailor

that I am, I enjoyed the opportunity

to handle a 51-foot ship in 10-foot

waves and 30-mph winds. Daughter

Virginia is a rising senior, who

soon will start applying to colleges

(and knows only at this point, that

she wants a “big” school). My job as

communications coordinator for

The City of Frederick, Md., continues

to engage me in familiar and new

endeavors that are quite fulfilling.

Fundraising kudos: Our class had

a final participation rate of 25.7 percent

and raised a total of $168,799 to

all funds at Sweet Briar. Thank you,

classmates, who are able to support

beloved SBC financially, and to those

who find other ways to sustain our

alma mater.

Jean Von Schrader Bryan: Loving

life in Amherst. Empty nest is

nice! New pool has made me very

happy this summer. I’m so proud of

our class for its increased giving percentage!

Turning 59 [in September]

... Sliding down toward 60 next year.

Deborah Price Bowman: My

children are both seniors — Kate in

college at the New School in Manhattan;

Kessler at White Mountain

School in New Hampshire. I’m enjoying

N.J./NYC, tennis, paddle,

running singles social and tennis

groups locally, and possibly helping

my mom move. Observing her Marie

Kondo-like “Swedish Death Cleaning,”

I am inspired to start on mine

now rather than later!

Ruth Fowler Whitlow: I still live

in my great hometown, Athens, GA

(Remember Michelle & me blaring

out B52’s and newly-famous REM,

Athens being the birthplace of those

icons?). Bruce and I enjoy our summer

wake surfing and veg gardening.

Ready to embark on a bicycle journey

through Slovenia and Croatia in

September. I see Michelle when in

Chi — and Lisa Blake, too. My oldest

boy works in California; youngest,

Magill, is studying and punts on

football team at Georgia Southern

University. Life is GOOD!

Monty Tripp: Year 1.5 of retirement

continues to be fabulous,

and SBC remains an amazing connection!

With the help of Professor

Paul Cronin and SBC alumna Jane

Frierson ’74, I have found a fabulous

new riding instructor in Northern

Virginia. Between riding, travel,

volunteering, and the publication of

husband Don’s second book this fall,

life is full and truly wonderful.

Jennifer Rae: Not so much news

from me, which is a good thing, for

things have stabilized in my life. I

adopted a rabbit, Oatmeal, from the

Alexandria Animal Welfare League,

and he is the ripe age of 10. I continue

to drive for Lyft and Uber, which

I thoroughly enjoy. I recently signed

up for TaskRabbit. Reading the new

board bios, one of the new board

members is the founder of Task-

Rabbit. The economy has changed


so from what we knew, but I do try

to keep up with the trends that will

secure paying work.

Monika Kaiser: If I could describe

this year, it would be a year

of travel and construction. I went

to Germany three times this year —

first picking up Mom, taking her to

her school luncheon in Ohio, then

to take her back, and finally for my

hometown’s festival, which I celebrated

with the family and friends.

The kids, Richard, and I took a fun

cruise, and I finally visited Cuba.

Home construction’s a nightmare,

but we’re almost done.

Lizbeth Kauffman: Keith and

I are getting the Kentucky farm in

shape (new horse fencing, new tractor

and hay baler, automatic waterers

in paddocks, seeding pastures, etc.).

Going to breed several mares this

spring; so hoping for some beautiful

foals in 2019!

Rosemary Hardy: Life is grand

— continue to thoroughly enjoy retirement,

with the best part being

creating my own schedule of my

own activities for each new day. I find

there are not enough hours in a day

still. Home improvements continue

to be done; much easier to arrange

for contractors without a 9-to-5

work schedule interfering.

Liz Hoskinson: It’s just keepin’

on, keepin’ on here, as I continue to

spend the days with the horses, caring

for and riding my own, serving

on committees at the U.S. Eventing

Association, and working each July

as co-chief dressage steward for the

Millbrook, N.Y., Horse Trials. I’m

taking advantage of some drawing

classes, am ensconced in a knitting

group and a book club, gardening

like crazy, staying in touch with

family and caring for an elderly

parent, enjoying the company of

a step-granddaughter, and slowly

updating the weekend house. I am

so, so grateful for the efforts of our

classmates, which are my link to

what’s developing with our beloved,

restored SBC.

Alice Dixon: Alice didn’t send

this news, but it was all over Facebook,

so it must be true: On Oct. 19,

2018, the Richmond chapter of U.S.

Lacrosse celebrated the induction of

the 2018 Hall of Fame honorees, including

our own Alice Dixon!

Mary Ames Booker: I would

like to share that my Aunt Suzanne

Fitzgerald VanHorne ’47 passed

away in June at the age of 92. She

majored in art history and was a fine

pianist and did both as careers while

raising two sons. She was my mother’s

(Kay Fitzgerald Booker’s) twin

sister, and passed away on the same

day, 18 years apart. I’m sure they

visit the SBC campus together now!

They are sorely missed here.


Virginia Claus Buyck

414 Seminole Ave.

Florence, SC 29501


Would like to start our class

notes with a big “thank you” to Mary

Pope Hutson, whose incredible,

immediate, passionate response that

raised multi-millions for Sweet Briar

was one of the main reasons our college

was saved. In addition to raising

money, she generated energy and enthusiasm

to make Sweet Briar great

again. But — more importantly —

she hosted the after-parties at Red

Top during Reunion – so much fun!

Elena Quevedo wrote what so

many of us said – that it was so nice

to see everyone at the 35th Reunion.

She also said she hoped the annual

mini reunions keep going! Elena’s

daughter, Olivia, who graduated

from RISD, is back home working

for the Gagosian Gallery and writing

for them on Instagram. Her next

stop is grad school in Textile Design.

Bobbie Serrano Black shared

happy wedding news! Her daughter

Anna was married at Sewanee

on April 7, and the family gained a

wonderful son-in-law, Jack Rogers.

They live in Atlanta. Bobbie’s oldest

daughter, Lizzie, married Franklin

Pogue last July, and they live in

Nashville. Youngest daughter Gracie

lives in D.C. Amid all this joy, sadly,

Bobbie lost her sweet father on Dec.

21, 2017. She was most thankful her

parents made Lizzie’s wedding.

Kim Howell Franklin writes

that when she graduated from SBC,

she moved to London for a year to

participate in the Sotheby’s Works

of Art program, headed by Derrick

Shrub. Fast forward 35 years, and

she has just joined TTR Sotheby’s

International Realty as the D.C.

Class of 1983

franchise’s director of relocation and

referrals and her boss’s name is Derrick

with a last name staring with

“S”! Kim is hoping this coincidence

is the bookend to her working career!

Miriam Morris Baker missed

Reunion because she was singing

with her choral group in Italy! Clay

and Miriam are in Birmingham, and

Miriam keeps busy playing tennis,

learning bridge, tap dancing, singing,

attending a Discipleship class, and

napping whenever she can. She has

enjoyed seeing Suzy Turner Brennan,

Virginia Claus Buyck, Lee

Anne MacKenzie Chaskes, Ellen

Clare Gillespie Dreyer, Heather

Willson Flaherty ’84, Mary Pope

Hutson, Elizabeth Cahill Sharman

’84, Laura Morrissette Clark ’85,

and Lesly Allen Bell ’85 over the past


Wendy Chapin Albert and Tolly

will be celebrating their 33rd anniversary

this year! She is proud of her

girls – Eleanor graduated from High

Point University in May, and Annie

is pursuing her Master’s Studies in

Historic Preservation and City Planning

at UPenn. Wendy has a 1-year

old standard poodle with tons of crazy

energy and race horses in training

(cross your fingers for them!)

Katie Grosvenor has just moved

from Chattanooga to Memphis, as

her youngest graduated from Mc-

Callie. Katie said that she welcomes

all SBC visitors – call if you are in


A shout out to Lee Anne MacKenzie

Chaskes who encouraged us

to give, and give often, as our Annual

Fund leader. Lee Anne loved

gathering with Ellen Clare Gillespie

Dreyer, Miriam Baker Morris,

Suzanne Turner Brennan, and Elizabeth

Cahill Sharman ’84 when she

invited everyone to spend the weekend

at Mimi Kitchel DeCamp’s

beautiful home in Nashville (not a

joke, ask Mimi). Their night at the

Blue Bird Café was truly memorable!

Lee Anne also had a wonderful

time celebrating the marriage of

Heather Willson ’84 and Mark Flaherty

in Newport, R.I.

Ann Hart Sterling still runs

dressage shows in Florida, and just

did her first International Show

(CDI-Prix St. Georgies/Intermediaire

1) last year with her mare,


Ann shares good news of her

daughters: Stephanie is engaged to a

very nice young man who is an International

Engineer, and Ali is living

in Shreveport, La., and working as a

biology professor, while her significant

other is finishing his residency

for dental surgery.

Polly Parker McClure and her

husband have a son who is a freshman

at the University of Alabama

and a daughter who graduated from

college a year ago and lives in Columbus,

Ohio. Polly works for Allstate

Insurance and loves to travel in her

spare time.

Life is good for Mason Bennett

Rummel – she and Rick both enjoy

their work and life in Louisville. Mason

has enjoyed trips to Cumberland

Island, Georgia, Maine, and to SBC

for board meetings. Their youngest

child, Emma, is a Turning Point student

at SBC and graduates in spring

2019. Bennett is married and living

in N.Y.C., and Annie is in Nashville.

Adriana Garza Read and her

husband, Tom, are finally enjoying

being empty nesters after an entire

year of recovering from Harvey.

They dropped their son, Will, off

at Texas A&M a year ago and the

dam release flooded their home the

following weekend. Adriana said she

was thankful they were able to evac-

fall 2018



Bobbie Serrrano Black ’83 family wedding

uate and save some of their things.

Daughter Christina graduates next

May from Belmont University in

Nashville, and Will is now a sophomore.

Heather Riegel Harper and

family are in New York – check out

her company Harper-Lawrence –

her Italian handbags are beautiful!

If you aren’t Facebook friends

with Amy Osaki Boyce, you are

missing some beautiful photos of her

hiking tours! Amy is celebrating 22

years of being self-employed (Mountain

Hiking Holidays, and Art

Tours by Amy) with husband John.

Their daughter graduated from high

school and will start in September

2018 at the Clark Honors College

at the University of Oregon. Amy

saw SBC friends Marijtje van Duijn

from the Netherlands in the U.S.

this summer, and Desiree Bouchat

last summer. She continues to enjoy

Portland, Ore., and hiking and travel.

Ellen Chaney Webster has been

working as a sales associate for J.Jill

since 2015. She also works as a freelance

writer and editor, and encourages

anyone who needs help with

writing and/or editing documents

and fiction/non-fiction manuscripts

to contact her. Ellen’s sons, Andrew

and Robbie, now 17 and 15, are

about to start school. Andrew loves

astronomy, and Robbie is a tech


Big changes on the way for Leslie

Wright Root and her husband,

Randy (W&L’83). With their sons

grown and out of the nest, they have

sold their house in Dallas, Texas

(home for the past 30 years) and

moved to Telluride, Colo. They are

enjoying the active Colorado lifestyle,

and plan to spend lots of time traveling,

volunteering, and visiting family.

Leslie Malone Berger — our

new class president! — works as

a speech language pathologist and

started at a new school this fall. She

loves working on the newly formed

Pre-School Assessment Team. Leslie

said their biggest news was son

Alex’s wedding last October to his

lovely fiancé, Elena – two W&L

alumni! Pamela Dickens Sellars

attended the wedding and provided

wonderful support — There is nothing

like a Sweet Briar sister! [PHO-

TO – Pamela Dickens Sellars and

Leslie Malone Berger at the wedding

of Alex Berger and Elena Dorogy in

Macon, Georgia]

Cary Cathcart Fagan, our fabulous

class secretary for the past 10

years, sent a beautiful note about

how wonderful it is to stay connected

and the value of our friendships.

In case any of you think she has lost

her sense of humor, she signed off

with “Now, enough sap, Whip it,

Whip It Good.”

Wylie Jameson Small and her

husband, Stuart, have done a lot of

traveling this past year, to their second

home in Hilton Head, S.C.,

Napa, and England. They remain

busy with son Rudy (24) and dogs

Peyton (11) and Cleo (5). Wylie has

been playing a lot of golf and continues

to train for her first-ever elusive

half marathon.

Tracy Gatewood is living the

college town life in Tuscaloosa, Ala.,

where she started a completely new

career at the youthful age of 50 as a

commercial real estate broker. She

also dabbles in residential investment

property. Tracy is writing her

second book and has a blog www.

sacredramblings.com. Tracy said she

loved seeing Bobbie Serrano Black

and Janet Lewis Shepherd at Anna

Black’s wedding.

Alicia Nygaard Formagus and

her husband, Nace, are working

to retire in two years. They have a

17-month-old grandson who brings

them tremendous joy.

Bet Dykes Pope loved catching

up with everyone at Reunion and celebrating

our own Mary Pope Maybank

Hutson! Bet writes that both

of her boys are happy and OLD!

Carter, Jr. married two years ago and

works in real estate in Atlanta. Ross

is getting his MBA at UNC-Chapel

Hill and is newly engaged. Bet is

busy with the arts in Atlanta and

continues to flip houses. She has

enjoyed seeing Ellen Clare Gillespie

Dryer and Mimi Kitchel DeCamp

at the beach, Virginia Claus Buyck

when she darts into town for dinner

and laughs, and Mary Pope Hutson

when she comes to Atlanta on SBC

business. She also sees Jewett Winn

Rothschild, but only when she’s not

busy with her two adorable grandchildren

and buying the boutique

where she’s worked for several years.

Blair Redd Schmieg also loved

seeing everyone at Reunion and welcomes

any and all to Marblehead,


Leigh Cox Garry has lived continuously

in the U.K. since 1990.

Now that her elder daughter has

started studying for a Ph.D. at Princeton

and her younger daughter is

starting at the University of Bristol,

Leigh and Peter will be empty nesters

and hope to visit the U.S. more

often. If anyone is in London or near

the South Coast, please get in touch

with them.

October 2018 will mark the 33rd

year Cate McNider has lived in

N.Y.C. She writes, “This poem in my

growing second collection of poetry

about sums it up:”

Crossroads in the Garden of


A flower cannot be rushed

To blossom; leave it to the sun,

The soil and the rain,

To realize it already has

Grayson Harris Lane is still living

in Menlo Park, Calif. Grayson

and David are empty nesters and

travel often and have fallen in love

with scuba diving. Their daughter,

Virginia, graduated from U.S.C. in

May and is working as a medical

device engineer in San Jose. Their

son is a junior at Duke University,

also studying engineering. Grayson

is very involved tutoring young children

in reading and art.

It was great to hear from Deidre

Platt, who lives in the highland city

of Loja, Ecuador, with her family.

She was on summer holiday with

her two sons in their house in Puerto

Lopez on the seaside, enjoying their

spacious wild garden and lots of fresh

fish daily. Deidre’s eldest daughter,

Tanya, who studied at Sweet Briar,

is happily living in Nashville. Deidre

expects to live in Loja for a few more

years while her children study, and

she can discuss environmental issues

and toxic chemicals on a number

of radios, and also receive SIT students

in ecology. She said she is still

a nature girl and enjoys hikes in Podacarpus

National Park, where over

30 years ago she worked as a Peace

Corps volunteer.

Sarah Babcock happily lives in

Richmond on a tiny farm with lots

of animals and endless projects to

keep her busy. She is the chief of education

& training for the Richmond

SPCA (17 years now) and currently

teaches 20 dog agility classes each

week. She continues to do plenty of

clicker training with her dogs, but

also now with one cat, two horses,

three ponies, a mule, and a new parrot!

Virginia Claus Buyck: Mark

and I live and work in Florence, S.C.

It was fun to attend both the 35th

SBC and W&L reunions this year

– a great group at both. Our daughter

Elizabeth is an accountant in

Charleston, and we have two (Mark

and Brooks) at the University of

South Carolina. Been very lucky this

year to have seen many SBC friends

in many fun places.


1983 celebrating the marriage of Heather Willson ’84 and Mark Flaherty in Newport, RI. Virginia, Mimi, Lesly,

Elizabeth, Ellen Clare, Suzanne, Lee Anne, Laura

Ann Hart Sterling’ 83 with Kashmir

Thomas McNutt, Julie McNutt, Alicia Formagus ’83, Nace Formagus,

Michelle McNutt, Will McNutt

Sarah Babcock ’83 and her parrot

Annie, Tolly, Eleanor and Wendy Albert ‘83

Grayson Lane ’83 family

Pamela Dickens Sellars ’83 and Leslie Malone Berger ’83 at the wedding

of Alex Berger and Elena Dorogy in Macon, GA

fall 2018




F Caperton Morton

30 E 55th Street

Kansas City, Mo. 64113


Kim Knox Norman and husband

Bart are happily adjusting in

Atlanta to being empty nesters with

both Sally (22) and Joseph (18) in

college. After four years as Conservator

at the Georgia Archives, Kim

is thrilled to be back at Emory University

as Head of Library Conservation.

She spent a great week with

Leah Humenuck ’15 in Charlottesville,

attending Rare Book School at

UVa. Kim will see classmates Katie

Hearn, Lenetta Archard McCampbell,

Christine Corcoran Trauth,

Ann Martin Gonya, and Karen

Gonya Nickles ’86 later this year, and

again for their annual beach trip early

next year.

Barbara Tragakis Conner is

still the director of college counseling

at Foxcroft School. She loves

living in Middleburg, VA. Barb is a

grandmother! “It is as wonderful as

everyone says. My little grandson has

brought enormous joy into our lives.”

Each year, she visits college campuses

around the country. This March,

she’ll be visiting schools in the south:

Tennessee, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama,

Florida, Georgia, South Carolina,

and North Carolina. She would

like to meet up with Vixens during

her travels. Email Barb if you’d like

to grab lunch or dinner. She’d like

to catch up with you! Barbara.Conner@foxcroft.org

Caperton Morton is still enjoying

gathering stories for her upcoming

podcast. She and Chris crossed

off some major items on their list

with their trips back East to Cherrywood

Farm (just down the road

from Sweet Briar). Cape gets to go

back in September to paint some

more fences. Anyone want to help?

It’s SO much fun! ;) On the Fourth

of July, DeAnne Blanton and Dick

Higgins drove down to meet Caperton

and Chris at the Blue Mountain

Barrel House in Arrington, VA, for

some good music. Mitzi Morgan

joined her husband, Chris Caragher,

on his business trip to Kansas

City, Mo., in June. Cape and Chris

enjoyed the heck out of their stay!

Mitzi went down Memory Lane as

they visited her first childhood home

near K.C. Madge Hall Vosberg and

husband Paul’s daughter Vaden left

Green Bank, W.Va., for grad school

in Boulder, Colo., in August. Cape

and Chris were thrilled to have her

stay with them in Kansas City and

enjoyed their walk to the Plaza for

dinner with their lovely, first bundle

of joy.


Emmy Leung

1011 Oakdale Rd NE

Atlanta, GA 30307


Raquel Hickman Thiebes is still

living in Stuttgart, Germany, with

her Army husband! Kids have grown

and flown with one in Alabama and

the other in Colorado attending university.

Empty nesters unite! Two

years from retirement and trying

to decide where to retire. Anyone

retired yet in AL or FL? She is currently

writing a book and doing tons

of traveling. Many friends use their

home as home base, so let her know

if you roll thru the area!

Camelia Washington Gunn and

family have also settled into life in

Germany and Camelia now has a

teaching job with DoDEA. Having

enjoyed one year as a stay-at-home

Mom, she was looking forward to

getting back to the classroom. She

ran into a fellow Vixen all the way

over in Ramstein, Tiffin Fox. She

said she also has two younger sisters

who are alumnae. Small world!

Kimberly Brookes Driver and

husband, Barry, are still living in

Apex, N.C. They recently celebrated

their one-year wedding anniversary!

The kids keep them busy as they

range from 13-30. Live music is

their passion and she loves showing

off Sweet Briar to friends each year

when they go to the Lockn’ music

festival in Arrington, VA. Kimberly

recently left her position at Duke

and returned to nurse practitioner

school this fall for a post-master’s in

psych mental health.

Lisa Claypool Stevenson, Gina

Pollock Davis, Kimberly Willock

Pardiwala, and Heather Daly Jones

’92 managed another get together in

July (fourth year in a row), this time

At Heidi Belofsky Turk Cromwell and Douglas Cromwell’s wedding

reception. Ellen Weintraub ’72, Martha Swanson, Rebecca Young

Metro ’86, DeAnne Blanton, Ginger Ryan Church, Suzanne Weaver

Zimmer, Heidi, Kate Byrne, Christine Corcoran Trauth, Karen Williams,

Joan Byrne Voss and Vicki Vidal Blum

Heidi Belofsky Turk Cromwell ’85 wedding photo from May 27, 2017.

From left: Wesley and Cynthia Junker, Heidi and Doug Crowmell, Devin

and Grant Turk, our beloved goldendoodle Tyson

at Kimberly’s home in Larchmont,


Emmy Leung: I was happy to

have a mini reunion in Richmond in

August with JoAnn Bogolin, Sherri

Brockwell Dyman, and Richie

Boyd McGuire. I am looking forward

to our 30th reunion next summer!

Hope to see you there!


Norma Bulls Valentine

206 Four Oaks Rd.

Wagener, S.C. 29164


Dianne Hayes Doss No changes

... and big changes. Bill and I continue

with our jobs, but Dan has

started college, and Jenny has started

high school. Great fun to see those

who could make it to Reunion! Love

you all!

Norma Bulls Valentine: Still

working in real estate, mainly in

Wellington, FL. Went to Sweet

Works Week at SBC & brought my

step-granddaughter, Grace, who is

16. Had a great time!

Sabryna Roberson: I happily

call Northern California home —

NE of Sacramento, between San

Francisco & Lake Tahoe! Day-trip

areas: Napa, Sonoma, Lodi, Yosemite,

Monterey. Come visit! During

my REUNION East Coast Trip, I

was graciously hosted by Katherine

Schupp Zeringue ’94, Kelly “Dr.

Pepper” Coggshall ’95, Laura Warren

Armstrong and Mimi Davies

Wroten. So enjoyed our 25-year Reunion

— we missed those not present

and see y’all in 2023, if not before!


Dianne Hayes Doss ’93 on a family trip to Alaska

Norma Bulls Valentine ’93 and granddaugher Grace at Reunion 2018

CAPS Playoffs, game 1 watch

party in DC, Sabryna Roberson ’93

with Pepper Coggshall ‘95 -

June 2018 #ALLCAPS


Molly Flasche

152 N Remington Rd.

Bexley, OH 43209


Amelia McDaniel writes that

she’s still loving life in RVA! She’s

busy with work and kids. Wyly

has started school at St. Margaret’s

in Tappahannock, VA. Amelia is

thrilled that she’s getting to experience

an all-girl’s school. Jed is going

into 7th grade. “God love all mommas

of middle school boys!” She sees

Kristen Osmundsen Boyd often,

and will sometimes see Polly Crawford

’93 and Lyssa Vaught ’95.

Vinca Swanson is in Portland,

OR, dabbling with a comic book

idea about immigration and the

history of American Manufacturing.

She built an “outdoor bathtub/

deck experience” her back yard over

the summer. She’s working on a

small mural and trying to get in

rock climbing and mountain biking

when she can. She tries to avoid social

media (except when I hound her

about class notes!) She’s having fun

with her girlfriend, Lisa, and enjoying

working from home with her cat,


Linda Lombardo is still loving

retirement and is setting sail in October

for a long-awaited cruise vacation.

She has been retired since 2009

and Tony retired in 2017. They have

been watching their third grandchild

during her first year and Madison

is now in daycare so it is time for a

getaway. They were thrilled to watch

their first grandchild Logan in 2010

and Hannah in 2013. Linda and

Tony’s oldest son, daughter-in-law

and youngest son are still at the law

firm in Charlotte. Their middle son

is a buyer for Whole Foods. They

all live within seven miles so that is

the dream. Linda and Tony manage

properties in Huntersville. They

are considering some side projects

once they get bored. Linda remains

in contact with Leslie Rodgers and

would love to hear from the other

Turning Point students from the

90s. “That program was, and I hope

it continues to be, a blessing to woman

outside of traditional college age,”

she writes.

Last summer Molly Phemister

took a break from the food forest, her

darling three-year-old and the cat she

adopted from Katherine Cook to go

galivanting around the West solo for

two whole weeks, including a short

stint of gardening and hiking with

Melissa Broderick Eaton ’96 and her

passel of handsome sons. The trip

was rejuvenating, and now it’s nice to

be home with the family.

Katherine Cook moved into an

almost-tiny house in October 2017.

She’s happily single and embracing

the role of Crazy Cat Lady. She loves

her dogs, her horse, and her garden

and she’s considering taking up

witchcraft, just to be contrary.

Alexandra Stewart Manwarren

had a great time getting together

with local alumnae ladies. She and

Margaret Frederick ‘93 attended

Diner en Blanc together. She’s still

riding and working at Pegasus Therapeutic

Riding Academy.

Kim Bramley Estep writes that

Morgan is a senior and in full college

exploration mode. She loves JMU,

High Point and Elon so far. She

doesn’t want the SBC experience,

unfortunately. She plans to study

business management and entrepreneurism.

Was just voted field hockey

captain. Ryleigh is a junior and she’s

not interested in a college search yet.

Isn’t sure what she wants to do other

than NOT have a cubicle job and to

travel the world. Scott is her rock as

she continues to grow Convention

Nation. They are looking at being

empty-nesters in only 2 years and are

beginning to think about the second

stage of their lives. She would love to

catch up with SBC classmates.

Amy Biathrow Ross has been

at Red Hat, a Fortune 500 software

company, going on 17 years. She was

recently promoted to senior manager,

global compliance, which means

that her team is responsible for making

sure that all Red Hat companies

comply with laws and regulations

that apply when doing business internationally

(trade compliance, anti-corruption,

establishing entities

in foreign countries, etc.). She feels

lucky to have a fascinating job at a

company that she feels really appreciates

her. She and Craig celebrated

their 21st wedding anniversary

and are still enjoying Raleigh, NC.

She’s got teenagers! Kate will be 15

in November, is taking Driver’s Ed

and is in high school. Reid is in 7th

grade and will turn 13 this fall. The

Ross family is managed by two Bergamascos

(Italian Sheepdogs) who

constantly herd them and follow

them everywhere. She’s looking forward

to our 25th reunion (GULP)

next spring and hopes to see many

1994s there!

I, Molly Flasche, am staying

busy with Eddie (4), who just entered

pre-K. He’s a bundle of energy

and thankfully Chuck and I are still

able to stay a step ahead of him! I’m

still a docent at the Columbus Museum

of Art, and now that Eddie’s

in school every morning, I’m getting

fall 2018


Sisi Zirkle Carroll ‘93 (bridesmaid), Katrhyn Czarkowski, Gretchen Vida,

Kara Dickey Moore, Kathy Whitby, Cat Ehlen Breeden, Catherine Orr

Nihem ‘95

Jen Parker Raudenbush ’95, Karen Giorgetti ’95, Kelly Hall ’95 and Cari

Miller James ‘95

more involved with that, and taking

on some new responsibilities. 2018

was a summer of projects on our

own version of This Old House, so we

stayed close to home, but I’m looking

forward to being in Virginia in late

May-early June 2019 for reunion. I

hope you’ll join us!

Clarkie Woods Duke ’12 and Katie Maxwell Schellhammer ’95



Katie Maxwell Schellhammer

22914 Goldenrod Dr.

Brambleton, Va. 20148


Kelly Hall ’95 in Ireland

Sarah Young Bass and husband

Mike visited Australia, where she

saw friends in Brisbane and then

headed to Cairns. A highlight of the

trip was staying at sea, with frequent

dives in the Great Barrier Reef. Last

year, they moved from Colorado

Springs to Denver, where Sarah is

the HR director for a Fortune 300

energy company. Feel free to visit

them and their yellow lab, Henry,


In August, Cat Ehlen married

Jeremy Breeden at her parents’ home

in Durham, N.H. They honeymooned

in Mexico and live in Lake

Tahoe Incline Village, Nev., where

they moved last December for Jeremy’s

dream IT job. She has been

busy skiing, hiking, mountain biking,

and loving the lake.

Kelly Hall is teaching for the

U.S. Navy and had some great port

visits in Batumi, Georgia, and Jordan.

She went to Iceland on her own

for two amazing weeks. (She says,

“Thanks, Jane Rabadi for the good

advice!”) In July, Kelly got together

with Cari Miller James, Jen Parker

Raudenbush, and Karen Giorgetti.

Gwen Hickey Babcock, Beverley

Stone Dale, and Bergen Hall

Daley had a mini-reunion with husbands

and kids over the summer.

Stephanie’s last Virginia Girls’ Night Out. Katie Maxwell Schellhammer ’95.

Heather Aspinwall Chiles ’95, Anna Reilly ’95, Anna’s sister Laura,

Stephanie Pearson Davis ’95

Gwen Hickey Babcock ’95, Beverley Stone Dale ’95 and Bergen Hall

Daley ’95 had a mini-reunion with husbands and kids over the summer


Stephanie Pearson Davis and

family have moved to Monument,

CO, where her husband, Rob (VMI

’95) is currently assigned at Peterson

Air Force Base. Their oldest, Page,

started her sophomore year at Young

Harris College. Zack is a freshman

in high school, and their youngest,

Katie Belle, is starting 6th grade. Before

the move out west, Stephanie’s

amazing roommates, Anna Reilly

and Nicole Stewart Fowler, brought

dinner and made plans for a visit out

West in February.

As for me, Katie Maxwell

Schellhammer, I spent a July week

at the A Bar A Ranch in Wyoming,

where I met another alumna, ranch

employee Clarkie Woods Duke ’12.

My daughter Nora adored the horses

and the young W&L & UVa boys/

employees. I think I have a future

SBC girl in the making!


Eileen MacMurtrie

718 Larchwood Ln.

Villanova, Pa. 19085


Sarah Reidy Ferguson continues

to write her Atlanta-based lifestyle

blog, Duchess Fare, featuring reviews

of recently published interior design

books, culinary happenings, decor

finds & more. She’s happy to be a

part of the Alumnae Alliance as cochair

for social media and managing

the AA Twitter feed; please follow

along @sbcalumnae. Sarah is super

proud of the Class of 1996 and the

success of our “Wear Your Pink,

Give Your Green” giving campaign,

with over 40 percent class participation!

Robin Bettger Fishburne writes

that her daughter, Gibbs, made the

varsity volleyball team this year as an

8th grader and will start as a rightside

hitter. She and her husband are

super proud! Son Parker started 1st

grade and loves getting hugs from his

big sister every day at lunch. Robin

loves being a room mom for his

classroom and continues to work as a

realtor, which she’s been doing for 18

years! They also have a new addition

to their family, Hunter, a handsome

Bay Holstein. The Fishburnes love

showing people around Charleston;

so let them know if you’re headed

into town.

Heather Baskett lives in Northern

Virginia and is the Animal Care

Operations Manager at Fairfax

County Animal Shelter. She has a

house of animals, and she also lives

with her longtime girlfriend. She

recently saw Mary Gordon Gill

’95 while at Smith Mountain Lake.

Life is busy and good! If you’re in

Northern Virginia and are looking

for a new furry BFF – go and find


Beth Ike is still living in Charlottesville

and is glad to see Susie

Gross Leroy and Margaret Brodie

Williams ’97 as often as possible.

This August the three of them went

to the music festival Lockn’, just up

the road from SBC at Oak Ridge,

and enjoyed the company of another

Charlottesville-based vixen, Hobby

Holmes Cole ’98. Sadly, we do not

have any photographic evidence, but

a good time was had by all!

Catherine Lanter Carrick and

husband John traveled to Malawi

over the summer with GAIA (Global

AIDS Interfaith Alliance) to support

this organization that helps

those most affected by HIV/AIDS,

tuberculosis, and malaria. Afterward,

they went on safari to the Ngorongoro

Crater and Serengeti & Tarangire

National Parks in Tanzania. The

last part of their trip was a 9-day trek

to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro,

Tanzania. Epic adventure!

Ardas Hiribarne Khalsa and

family moved to Las Cruces, N.M.,

for the last leg of her husband’s residency.

Her children, Dharam Inder

(10) and Gian Kamal (6), are doing

well in their new home. She continues

to teach kundalini yoga and perform

healing treatments.

Leah Jorgensen Jean had a pretty

busy year and summer! Leah married

Asa on June 1st at the Red Fox

Inn in Middleburg, VA. Classmates

Meg Magistro Arcadia, Eileen

MacMurtrie Zuckerman, and Cindy

Rakow Readyhough were attendants.

Leah and Asa are also expecting

a baby boy in January. They’re

about to close on a small farm home

in Newberg, Ore., in wine country,

where she produces her wine, just as

they are getting ready to begin harvest.

Meg Magistro Arcadia had a

wonderful time celebrating Leah

Jorgensen Jean’s wedding with

Cindy and myself. Meg and husband

Chris have been living in New

Providence, N.J., for the past three

years with their two children Nico

(12) and Nina (7). Meg teaches 2nd

grade at Montclair Kimberley Academy

and also serves as the diversity


Jesse Durham Strauss writes

that after taking six months off from

being a meeting planner at Strategic

Analysis, Inc. in Arlington, Va., she

now works very part-time, which

allows her to be with their 3 active

children, Anna (6th grade), Audrey

(5th grade), and Ari (2nd grade), as

well as their chocolate Labradors,

Coco and Rosie (named in honor of

the Sweet Briar Rose). She enjoys

grabbing lunch with Rachel Baltus

Price and seeing Janeen Sharma

when she comes east.

Lastly, Laura Lechler Hornef

and husband Jim are thrilled to announce

the birth of their beautiful

daughter, Rhea Jane Hornef, on

June 3, 2018. Rhea was born at the

Tripler Army Hospital on Oahu at

9:49 a.m., weighing 6 lbs., 10 ozs.,

and measuring 20 inches long. Laura

and Jim were overjoyed to welcome

their Hawaiian princess to their



Cynthia Hineline

1613 Finefrock Rd.

Fremont, Ohio 43420


Class president Chantel Bartlett,

says, “It was such a joy seeing

everyone at Reunion. Y’all save the

date for our 25th! Thank you to

those of you who honored me with

being able to support and serve our

class. All is well in my world, settling

more and more into the new house

with Mom. Lots of painting going

on! Exciting project is underway, will

update soon.”

Heather Thomas Armbruster:

In May, I started full time with

Southern Union State Community

teaching Human Anatomy and

Physiology. These are the same classes

that I have been teaching part time

for 14 years. I have designed and

Rhea Jane Hornef, daughter of

Laura Lechler Hornef

Catherine ’95 and John Carrick,

Uhuru Peak, Mount Kilimanjaro,


April Collins Potterfield ’96, Jesse

Durham Strauss ’96, Rachel Baltus

Price ’96, Jen Beck Locke ’96,

Mary Copeland ’96 and Janeen

Sharma ’96 at Hall Wines in St.

Helena, CA, in November 2017

completed 2 quilts so far this year,

and I’m starting on my first block

of the month quilt, which will be a

king-size quilt. I still strive to learn

something new with every project.

For the first time in many moons,

Cynthia Bumgardner Pucket is no

longer in charge of anything nor homeschooling.

It is definitely a shock

fall 2018



to her system. Darrin is a happy guy!

Kelly Bowman Greenwood

has been traveling: Dana Bordvick

Poleski and I met up in Paris in June

and then spent a week painting our

way through Southern France in a

floating watercolor workshop on a

canal boat. We stayed in Arles and

Aix-en-Provence as well. Hard to

believe it has been 21 years since we

roamed Paris together in JYF! Also

visited Sophie Simonard ’96 and her

sweet baby Lucien this spring!

Alison Burnett has some catching

up to do: I haven’t updated in

forever; so excuse the old news. I had

Tommy (age 5) in 2013. In 2016 the

Cubs won the World Series, which

still thrills me since I literally waited

for them to win my entire life. I

married Joe in 2017. I’m not working

at the moment, but we’ve started

construction on a multigenerational

farmhouse in Wisconsin; so I’m definitely

busy. I’ve really enjoyed seeing

classmates at our Reunions and connecting

with Midwestern alums back

home. My family and I are living in

Chicago. Please look us up if you are

ever in town!

As for myself, Cyndi Hague

Hineline, I just finished a run in

Sondheim’s “Assassins” and am looking

forward to a busy opera chorus

season, starting with “The Magic

Flute.” Alex is starting eighth grade,

and I can hardly believe how much

faster every year flies by! Being brand

new to the class secretary position, I

promise I’ll get better at gathering

and compiling our notes! It was lovely

seeing many of our classmates at

Reunion, and I hope to join some of

you before our next 25th!


Meredith Eads

1905 Vandover Rd.

Henrico, Va. 23229


The Class of 2001 has had an

eventful year. Our members have

survived floods and wildfires. There

are new babies joining our families

and children heading off to high

school. Many of us are turning 40

this year. Here are updates from a

few of our SBC sisters.

Christina Paolichi was promoted

last year to project manager

within Wood Group, with whom

she has been employed since leaving

the Navy in 2013. Unfortunately, she

was adversely impacted by Hurricane

Harvey, resulting in the need to

gut and rebuild her home. This will

be a long restoration process, but she

is grateful for the aid of countless

work volunteers and the contributions

and/or expressions of concern

by Shweta Sharma Mistry, Elizabeth

Hamshaw Mitchell ’00, Jessica

Shannon ’03 and Jennifer Taylor

Catano ’02, who brought Christina

and her volunteers an awesome

lunch. Christina — we all hope that

your restoration and recovery is going

smoothly, and you are feeling settled

and secure once again!

Jessica McCloskey wrote earlier

in the spring that she was minutes

away (or 4 months, depending on

how you count!) from submitting

her thesis on restorative justice to

earn her doctorate in clinical psychology;

so that is most of her life

right now. She’s still in England, outside

of London, applying for her first

job as a forensic clinical psychologist

to start in the fall. She’s raising a little

miniature schnauzer puppy named

Gerda, who takes beach holidays

without her. By now, I imagine that

her thesis has been submitted. This

is so exciting! Wishing you all the

best, Jessica!

This spring, Amy Tabb let us

know that she is continuing her

work at a USDA lab in W.Va. and

raising two kids (3 and 7) with husband

Dave. She’s had a busy travel

schedule with talks and conferences

this winter but was happy to get

down to SBC for Engineering Week,

where she got to chat with Meta

Glass floormates (from 1997!) Megan

Thomas Rowe and Meredith

Taylor Eads (me!).

Megan Thomas Rowe and her

family recently moved to Fredericksburg,

VA. This was a short move

from Caroline County, but it made a

huge difference for her family. Now

the kids play in the neighborhood

and ride the bus to school. Megan

is still working as a scientist for the

Navy but was recently put in charge

of a new branch requiring her to

spend a lot of time recruiting. It

is new and exciting! Megan and I,

Meredith Taylor Eads, were happy

to join Sweet Work Weeks again this

year in August. We painted rooms

Megan Thomas Rowe ‘01 with her husband, Matthew Rowe (HSC ‘03), at

a 60th Anniversary of the Submarine Launched Ballistic Missile Program

in Reid and are looking forward to

doing it again next year. We’ll be

recruiting classmates to come and

work and play with us as soon as

dates are released.

Julia Kientz Ambersley recently

wrote that she can’t believe that it’s

her 14th year of teaching! This year

she has a new adventure with teaching

second graders. She’s excited to

share that she was chosen as a presenter

at the NCAIS Annual Educators’

Conference in Oct., where she

will be presenting the class Writing

Essays with Elementary Students.

She always loves catching up with

our SWEET sisters, and recently

had the pleasure of spending the afternoon

with Jamie Solimando!

I’ve enjoyed catching up with

Megan, and Amy this year at different

events. I was also able to spend

the year working with Donna Harwood

’99 in Hanover County Public

Schools! She was a great partner on

our Special Education Elementary

Lead Team! After a 6.5-year stint

with HCPS, I decided to head back

to the private sector and now work

full time as a behavior analyst with

Dominion Youth Services in Richmond.

I miss Donna but am enjoy-

Megan Thomas Rowe ‘01 with her family at Isle of Palms, SC, for the

solar eclipse last August


ing my new work! Looking forward

to meeting up with Angela Aiken

Cameron for Hip Hop Nutcracker

in Baltimore this upcoming holiday


I know that many of us keep in

touch over Facebook and feel like

we’ve got nothing new to share when

it comes time for class notes. But,

please send in your updates! Tell us

about the new beer you’re brewing,

your new puppy, or that miracle baby

you just had! I know that I love these

old-fashioned updates as much as

the instant ones online, and I’m sure

many of you do, too. :-) With love,



Kathleen McNamara Brown

2115 Natahoa Ct.

Falls Church, Va. 22043


Amy Mullen is currently illustrating

her next board book with

Duopress — Colors of the Southwest.

Her ABC Animals flash cards will

hit shelves this October. Amy’s flip

book (My First Lift-the-Flap Animal

Book) is at Target stores nationwide.

Illustration aside, Amy loved seeing

Ashley Trantham Saunders, Dr.

Michelle Dunn, and Joanna Mullen,

at the wedding of Meg Fronk

Nice this past July!

Katie McNamara Brown recently

earned her CISM certification

and enjoys the challenge of working

in Cyber. Katie continues to enjoy

being a Girl Scout Troop leader and

reports that her troop of 5th graders

are all phenomenal young leaders!

Between all the kids’ activities and

camps this summer, Katie and her

family did enjoy a relaxing week at

the beach. Katie and her husband,

Adam Leary, are overjoyed to share

that they are expecting a baby boy in

March 2019. Katie, Adam, Emma,

Carolyn, and all the pups and horses

are looking forward to welcoming

the new family member when he


In April, Denise McDonald

Gentry and her husband, Temple

(HSC ’03), hosted a get-together

with her SBC girls, their husbands

and kids at her family’s beach house

in Tybee Island, Ga. It was wonderful

to spend time together! Denise’s

son, Graham, had a great time with

all the guests! Attendees included

Lori Smith Nilan, husband Andrew

(HSC ’01), and son Thomas; Brook

Tucker Buck, husband Trey, and son

James; Kelly Monical Goossens,

husband Dustin, and sons Lachlan

and Weston; and Maria Thacker

Goethe, husband Patrick, and

daughter Cecilia. Ashley Johnson

McGee ’03 and her family couldn’t

make the trip, but paper Ashley had

a good time!

Brook Tucker Buck has moved

back to Raleigh to be closer to family.

Husband Trey got a job with IBM

in international tax, and Brook started

a new nursing job in the operating

room at the WakeMed Raleigh

Campus, switching from orthopedics

to neurosurgery! Brook will

be meeting up for a much-needed

girls’ weekend in Oct. to celebrate

the birthday of Lori Smith Nilan!

“We’re headed to N.Y.C. with Maria

Thacker Goethe, Kelly Monical

Goossens, Denise McDonald Gentry,

and Ashley Johnson McGee ’03.

Can’t wait!!”

Stacey Armentrout Fallah had

quite the busy summer this year between

family reunions, several camps

for son Jackson, and the family beach

trip to Topsail Island, N.C. “While

we were at Topsail, Jackson participated

in a great camp where he

worked with sea turtles! Jackson and

our daughter Emma are both getting

so big and growing up so fast — time

needs to slow down!”

Heather Christensen Smith recently

moved back to Santa Barbara

with her husband and 3 daughters!

She is running Wazi Shoes, a socially

conscious company making

handmade sandals in Tanzania and

donating a percentage of sales to

nursing scholarships in East Africa

(www.wazishoes.com)! In addition,

Heather is still curating an exhibit!

Shannon Robinson started a

new job with the Dispensary of

Hope in Nashville, Tenn., this past

February. It’s a nonprofit organization

that coordinates the donation

and distribution of pharmaceuticals

to low-income and uninsured community

members. Shannon reports

that the role has been both challenging

and rewarding! Shannon also

started a family with her partner,

Shawn Capley. Cecelia Ann (future

Top left to right: Lori Smith Nilan ’02, Denise McDonald Gentry ’02,

Brook Tucker Buck ’02, Maria Thacker Goethe ’02, paper Ashley Johnson

McGee ’03, Kelly Monical Goossens ’02

class of 2040!) was born April 19,

and Shannon and Shawn are both

still solidly in the sleep-deprivation

stage of new parenthood.

Donyele Gibson Wilkerson just

celebrated one year in her new home

in Hanover, MD, where she lives

with her husband and 4th grade son,

Earl. She continues to work as an

education and training coordinator

for the Department of Defense, just

finishing an 18-month detail with

the Office of the Director of National

Intelligence. She loves keeping

up with fellow classmates on social


Amanda Davis Stevens was

happy to see Kathlyn Pierce at the

Sacramento Sweet Briar back-toschool

event. Amanda is in her 5th

year at her firm and was named a

Rising Star again! Amanda and her

husband just bought a new house

and are busy making it “home.”

Amanda is also training for her 3rd

marathon; she will be running the

CIM on Dec. 2.

Kathleen Fowler has happy

news to share! Kathy just celebrated

her 1-year anniversary of her

successful cancer surgery — 1 year

cancer-free! Kathy reports that the

change is night and day. She and her

wife, Amy Waller, did a bit of traveling

this summer, down to Asheville,

N.C., for a week, then to visit

family. Kathy’s sister has moved to

Northern Va. with her husband and

her parents have moved to Orange,

where they plan to stay in their retirement.

Kathy loves that they are

all so close by now! She has just

started her 17th year teaching at

Fauquier High School in Warrenton

and reports that she loves teaching

Jackson and Emma, children of

Stacey Armentrout Fallah ’02,

enjoying 4th of July fireworks

Heather Christensen Smith ’02

with sister and co-founder of Wazi

Shoes, Alice Christensen Majid

as much now as she did when she

first began! It might sound silly, but

Kathy’s starting to feel like a proper

“adult” at last — she certainly has

enough white hair! She’s starting a

streak, and she expects she will be

fall 2018



Rogue from the X-Men for Halloween

this year!

Ashley Trantham Saunders

was married on April 14 in Raleigh,

N.C., in a lovely ceremony. Arney

Walker provided gorgeous calligraphy

and Aja Grosvenor Stephens

gave a beautiful reading. Ashley celebrated

the day with fellow alumnae

Melissa Cates, Amy Mullen, Joanna

Mullen, Jee-Yon Park Pae, Dr.

Michelle Dunn, and Meg Fronk


Meghan Gregory was promoted

to administrative manager with the

Knoxville General Office of New

York Life and moved to Knoxville in

late April. She is excited about the

new role and is looking forward to

discovering Knoxville!


Ginny Wood Susi

2929 Dorell Ave

Orlando, FL 32814


Ginny Wood Susi and husband

Phil are expecting their 3rd child.

This baby will join Evie (6) and

Nicholas (2) and 2 chiweenie rescues.

Ginny still lives in Orlando and

looks forward to our 15th Reunion

next year.

Sara Gredler changed careers in

May 2018 and moved from Austin,

TX, to Salt Lake City, UT. She’s

now working as a full-time genealogical

researcher at AncestryProGenealogists,

the research arm of Ancestry.com.

She still presents on various

genealogy topics and is working on

becoming a certified genealogist as

well as exploring her new city.

Mary Morris Park, along with

her husband, Robert, welcomed

their 4th baby boy on 3-1-18, Brooks

Alexander. Brooks joins big brothers

Ethan (12), Davis (10) and Colin

(8). Everyone is adjusting well to

the new addition. Mary continues to

serve as the director of Christian education

at First Presbyterian Church

in Richmond.

Tiffany McCabe Carr finished

teaching elementary music

for Southampton County Public

Schools after 14 years. This year she

joined Suffolk Public Schools and

will be a middle school music teacher.

She lives in Suffolk with her husband,

Joseph, and their three sons:

David (9), Charles (3), and Michael

(1). Tiffany and Joseph celebrated

their 10th wedding anniversary on


Jozanne Summerville has taken

on a new role as Auntie JoJo to

her fun-loving nieces and nephews.

Their energy keeps her going while

she continues her career as a financial

analyst for the Navy. She misses

her SBC crew and hopes to make the

trip for our 15th Reunion next year!

Stacey Maddox is living in Anchorage,

AK, and working as an

internist at Alaska Native Medical

Center. She and her husband, John

Hetzel, recently drove up the Dalton

Highway above the Arctic Circle to

Deadhorse. They went for a dip in

the Arctic Ocean, crossing an item

off their bucket list. Stacey will be

celebrating her 36th birthday in

Nov. in Hawaii with John and their

daughters Beatrice and Zinnia. They

plan on spending two weeks in New

Zealand in the spring.

Schyler Ellis Burke and husband

Peter relocated to Houston. Peter

accepted a new position as senior

drilling engineer/drilling manager

for Tellurian Energy. They live in

Fulshear, TX, with their 5 children,

1 dog, and 2 cats.


Victoria Chappell Harvey

8618 Waldon Heights

San Antonio, TX 78254


Just a quick reminder that the

Alumnae Alliance needs volunteers

to fill all kinds of positions from Admissions

Ambassadors (join the AA

team!) to Alumnae Clubs and everything

in between. Please consider

volunteering; you can give as little or

as much time as you have. Check out

the opportunities at http://sbc.edu/


Also, make sure to make

your best gift to SBC to help with

our class participation and to help

SBC reach its goals for dollars and


Michelle Badger has been busy

recovering from ACL surgery in

March, but she has had the opportunity

to travel for work and for fun

since April. In April she was able to

Patty Cole Monroe ’86 and

Michelle Badger ’06 randomly

meeting on an Alaskan cruise

Victoria Chappell Harvey ’06

and Michelle Badger ’06 at The

Alamo, San Antonio,TX

see Victoria Chappell Harvey when

she attended the National School

Board Conference in San Antonio.

In June she visited SBC for Reunion

Weekend, and she hopes more of

our class can attend next year. In July

she went on an Alaska Land and Sea

Cruise, and it was amazing! On the

cruise, she met Patty Cole Monroe

’86, thanks to her collection of SBC

gear — it definitely comes in handy!

Nicole Brandt married Brian

Turner on May 28, 2017. To keep

their first year interesting, they both

went back to school — she started a

graduate program in Fish and Wildlife

at Colorado State University, and

he started an apprenticeship at the

pipe-fitters union as a welder. They

are getting ready to move into their

first home purchase — a 1920’s

farmhouse in Loveland, CO, with

their 3 ducks, 2 chickens, and 1 dog.

Charis Chase Lease-Trevathan

passed her LCSW exam in June!

Now she is making her way through

the paperwork until she’s a Licensed

Clinical Social Worker. She has

really embraced Dialectical Behavior

Therapy working at Princeton

House Behavioral Health, and having

a clinical-level license will give

her the opportunity to have her own

DBT practice one of these days.

This spring, Lindsey Cline left

10 years in communications and

fundraising (and her position as

director of communications and

annual giving at a nonprofit) and

made the career switch to landscape

designer. She has been a gardener

all her life and has always wanted

to leave office jobs for work that is

particularly meaningful to her. She

and her husband, Shrader Stone, together

transform sad backyards into

beautiful spaces across central Virginia.

She kept her favorite client, the

Shenandoah National Park Trust,

with whom she consults on communications

projects, but devotes her

time to designing edible and native

landscapes and earning a master’s

degree in landscape architecture. She

can’t wait to celebrate Joanna Meade’s

wedding this fall and keeps up

with Jenn Wiley and Abby Adams.

Maureen McGuire will be enrolling

in a Ph.D. program in Visual

Studies at the University of California

Santa Cruz.

Victoria Chappell Harvey is

finally settled into Texas life. She

works as a contractor for the Department

of Labor and travels

around facilitating workshops for

military members transitioning into

the civilian workforce. Earlier this

year she had a fabulous reunion with

Michelle Badger, and they loved exploring

San Antonio together.


Emily Nicole Olson

1106 N. Rio Street

Fort Stockton, TX 79735


Danielle Briggs-Hansen, Elsa

Mittelholtz Cannon and Renee

Modzelewski Jauregui ’06 had a mini

reunion to celebrate Renee’s baby

shower in August.

Laura Jane Schaefer visited Natalie

Pye and Margaret Loebe ’06 in

July! Daughter Maisie started pre-K

and is as much a delight as always.

Laura continues to work at OHSU’s

West Campus leading their sustainability

efforts. “I am preparing to take


Ashlee Mays Kidd ‘09 with her husband Adam, daughter Skylar, and son


Danielle Briggs-Hansen ‘07 guesses Renee Modzelewski Jauregui ‘06’s

belly size at her Aug. 2018 baby shower while Elsa Mittelholtz Cannon

‘07 looks on

Heidi Trude ‘07 was named the

2018 SCOLT World Language

Teacher of the Year in March 2018

the first exam for the International

Society of Sustainability Professionals

certification; so hopefully by the

time this is published, I will have

passed and be scheming on how to

make it to the next level.”

Heidi Trude was named the

2018 SCOLT World Language

Teacher of the Year in March. She

is now one of five finalists for the

title of ACTFL National Language

Teacher of the year. Heidi will compete

for the national title in Nov. at

the ACTFL Convention in New

Orleans. Heidi spent most of her

summer in France traveling with her

students and then participating in

the SPCD program at CAVILAM

in Vichy, France.

Whitney Wheeler lives in Charlotte,

N.C., and loves her new job as

an assistant property manager for

RKW Residential.


Jenny Walkiewicz Dill

13938 SW Crist Court

Tigard, Ore. 97223


Maggie Nicholson joined the

staff of Georgia Institute of Technology

as event coordinator in Oct.

2017. She graduated from Emory

University’s Landscape Design

certification program in June 2018

and has been accepted to Georgia

State University’s Master of Heritage

Preservation program with

plans to start classes in spring 2019.

Currently renovating her tiny horse

farm house, she will be making a

career change to residential remodeling

in the coming years. Follow

@southernscotch on Instagram for

DIY project updates and to partner

on designs/projects; she’s looking to

build her portfolio to focus on offgrid

equestrian properties! Maggie

met classmates Lauren Ogilvie and

Maeve Tibbets in Rodanthe, N.C.,

for a mini-reunion in May, meeting

Lauren’s daughter Evelyn for the

first time. Maggie also reunited with

Amanda Strickland, Melissa Diehl

Perry, Melissa Ramos Jacklin ’10,

and Gretchen McDonough ’08 in

The Plains, VA, in July for Amanda’s

bachelorette party. She is looking

forward to visiting campus in Nov.

for Amanda’s wedding.

Meagan Bell Bigham and her

husband, Justin, purchased and are

renovating a house in Lynchburg

(there are 3 SBC alumnae on their