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Vivien Davis Tsu
I am doing as told ("stop right now") and sending you my news, although little has changed. I am still working full time at PATH on breast and cervical cancer in low-resource settings. Last month I attended the annual meeting of the International HPV society in Cape Town. It was a good meeting, but the most fun was the extra day I had at the end when I went down to Boulder Beach where there is a reserve for African penguins. There are wooden walkways down to the beach that take you within feet of these adorable little birds in tuxedos, who do not seem at all bothered by the hundreds of spectators gawking at them. In February, we had our whole family here in Seattle to celebrate my mother's 90th birthday, and in March Theta went down to LA to help his mother celebrate her 98th birthday! That is probably all you have room for, so I will stop there. I look forward, as always, to hearing how everyone is doing.
Marilyn Lawley Licciardello '69
Hi! I hosted a family and friends 2nd birthday party for my granddaughter Alaina Miguel at my home in Pennington NJ on Sunday April 23. She had been born deaf but had cochlear implants a little over a year ago and she is doing well with them. She understands a lot of language and is beginning to say words. It is a modern miracle. Last fall I acted in three local theater productions: "Our Town", "The Laramie Project", and "The Man Who Came to Dinner". In May I will host our annual meeting/pot luck dinner for my local Central NJ Wellesley Club.
The "Shafer 5" (who lived in Shafer Tower suite 1968-1969 and close-by in Shafer before that) continue our tradition of annual get-togethers (not saying *reunion* exactly) by meeting this summer for 3 nights on campus at the Wellesley College Inn to celebrate our 70th birthdays in mutual support, and to explore the Vil and Boston again together.
As for me personally, I'm finally finding a *new voice* (to combat the dismal desperate feelings in D.C. metropolitan area now) by helping my church co-sponsor an Afghan refugee family that arrived in late February, and - more recently - signing on to the Environmental Protection Network, a group of former EPA staff (some lawyers, others who are experts in Air & Water issues, etc.) to continue to support current EPA staff and try to uphold environment and health policies through the media and otherwise.
Marches happen here and around the globe almost weekly, so that provides new (though, not necessarily welcome) opportunities to raise our voices - last week for Earth Day, the March for Science: this week the March re: Climate Change; May 1 a march on behalf of refugees and immigrants.
Best of all, my granddaughter continues to delight. She lives in Columbus, Ohio, but travels the world with her parents (my son and his wonderful wife [originally from Peru] and we try to follow them with visits wherever.
The only news I have (and I can't remember whether it was already reported) is the birth of my first grandson, Thomas Anthony Maher, who was born on December 20, 2016 in Sydney Australia, to my daughter Stephanie and her husband Gary Maher. Thomas and I share the same birthday so I'm planning on celebrating his first and my 70th somewhere in Australia.
It is sobering to read about the passing of three classmates. Take care of yourself. I'm looking forward to Reunion 2019!
Jan Adkins Ennis
I am delighted to report that our first grandchild, Jane Ennis-Golden, was born in February 2016 to my daughter, Christine, and her husband, Dan Golden, We're lucky to live nearby so we can help out and enjoy being with them. In November, I managed to get together with Spenta Captain Kandawalla and Linda Laning Shearman in NYC for a quick visit. Bonnie Sontag and I met in Portland and spent a fun day together enjoying the area near the water. More recently, the Women's March in DC was a great opportunity to spend the day with Nancy Wanderer, her partner, Susan and her son, Andrew, and to feel the support of so many people full of energy and ambition to get (or stay) involved and working together to support a wide variety of important causes. I know from email and the class FB page that there were many classmates there, but due to the crowds we were never able to connect.
I am now living in Vancouver, Washington, and working in the Portland area as a psychologist and psychoanalyst. I’m friends here with Jan Nichols Kasameyer and Susan Graber, both 69’ers. Jan and I are even in a regular dinner group and have been for years. Though resisting this year’s turn to age 70 (still a few months off), I am still happily working part-time in a private practice. Also working on an article (possibly book) on resilience in a group of high-risk young people in the I Have a Dream program in SW Washington (with whom I have worked with for years). I would love to hear from any other classmates who have worked with this program or been sponsors.
My daughter Margaret is the drama teacher in a public high school here in Vancouver, a profession that fits like a glove my dramatic intuitive daughter who loves casting children of all ilks and talent levels in her productions. My son Peter is about to graduate from a joint degree program and earning his MPP from Duke and his MBA from UNC-Chapel Hill. After graduation he will work in DC at Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant. Life is fuller than ever for me with travel, friends, work, writing, nonprofit boards, bridge, book club, enjoying the outdoors.I hope you are all well and have lives that continue to be rewarding and productive, in whatever forms those rewards or productivity might take.
I am expecting my first grandaughter at any minute. My confirmed bachelor son got married at 41 and is making up for lost time. Gail Saxton is also expecting a new grandchild. Pretty exciting!
Linda Laning Shearman
My news is all about embracing change in our lives with hopefully grace and a sense of humor. This past year was rough. We experienced bankruptcy, something most Wellesley women won't ever have to face, followed by the sale of our beloved home of 39 years to downsize to a more manageable lifestyle. My husband has stage 4 prostate cancer which has spread to his bones. We are now going through alternate solutions through the Oasis of Hope in Tijuana MX. What an amazing place that really does offer hope for a cure, not just palliative care. So we have moved into a short term apartment rental in the home of our daughter's husband’s parents while we decide whether to move south to Florida or west to be near our two daughters living in Oakland and Orange County. Our two precious granddaughters are a strong influence on our decision.
Throughout this time we have been buoyed by the angels in our lives -- lifelong friendships for which we are very grateful. Returning to the west coast April 1st we both ended up in the hospital April 7th. A double whammy. Am happy to report we are both home again recuperating. I believe that God was trying to tell me to slow down and let it go, but I didn't quite get the message. Have now heard it loud and clear. Spring has sprung here, my favorite time of the year, and my church, neighbors and children have all been with us offering love and support.
The future looks bright and we go forward with faith that all will be as it should be. God bless you all. Oh, who shall I contact about the hat band pattern? Have a little down time so should put it to good use😊.
Janet Hudgens Efron
Dear Ann, I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment of your email. That is why I retired from my 40-year practice as a psychotherapist at Christmastime. I have spent the past four months--in the depths of a Maine winter--contemplating the transition with daily practices: journaling, meditating, sketching and poetry writing. Now I can add gardening! I am still contemplating the next chapter. I know it will contain immense gratitude for the time I have. I consider time my most valuable currency, and I plan to "spend" it thoughtfully.
I may be able to shoot you a picture Monday morning, following my 70th birthday tea party on Sunday. I'm expecting Lynn Hoeffel Gadsden and husband Chris, who are anticipating the birth of another set of twin grandchildren this summer, and Adrian and Susan Kircheimer Doull, who are in the country from their usual abode in France. Karen Williamson will be there too, but Shaunagh Guinness Robbins will not be coming east until May when she takes up residence in Maine for the summer. She is thriving. Chris and Dectora Coe Jeffers had fundraising responsibilities for their church in Hartford, CT, but we hope to catch up this summer.
My history thesis advisor, Woodrow Wilson expert John Milton Cooper, Jr, and his wife Judy will be there too; he continues to encourage my history research and independent scholarship. I'm working on book about American women between the two marches on Washington, in 1913 and 2017.
I'm just back from a solo two week, 3150 mile road trip to visit civil rights, civil war and presidential sites in seven southern states. In Little Rock I visited both the Central High School national park and the WJ Clinton Library. The President was there, speaking about health care. What an adventure -- thank goodness for books on tape.
Lorna Biddle Rinear
Sad, angry, depressed, horrified, despairing, enraged, disappointed but determined, I continue to teach history at Framingham State University. It's now more important than ever. Yesterday's class topic was activism in the 1960s and political tactics. For fun, I play a lot of bridge and ride my TB (thoroughbred) mare fast.
No report from me except that I am still working very hard as a Realtor in Cambridge. My daughter is at Brandeis, so I’ve got to keep that money coming in. So sad that we are losing so many each year.
I leave Miami for Italy today, so this has to be quick. Off for two weeks for a nine-day "Civility Seminar" in Tuscany for 15 Judges and Attorneys sponsored by Seattle U, traveling with a colleague from the northwest. We're spending a few days in the heart of Rome; my niece who lives in Madrid is flying up to join us. Seeing the Vatican Museum/Sistine Chapel has been a lifelong dream (minored in Art History). Then taking a side trip to Pompeii, hike up Vesuvius before heading up to Sovana, a medieval town in the mountains about halfway between Rome and Florence for the meeting and some fascinating tours of the area. I have always wanted to see these places, and thank my colleague for talking me into joining her (it took about 2 seconds).
Despite having "retired" 4 years ago after 42 years of Federal Service, I've been working full-time for the past 3 years as a Judge for the HHS Departmental Appeals Board in DC. Another colleague talked me into it, and I owe her for that; the job is wonderful; I may continue indefinitely.
My husband and the cat will be left in charge at home. He'll probably be glad to get rid of me for a couple of weeks. We're fortunate to be in pretty good health.
Sallie Willis and Elizabeth Demy Hutcheon
were in Japan at cherry blossom time to celebrate their shared 70th birthday.
Elieen Meade St. Onge
I'm sorry to contribute to the sad news: my husband, Joe, passed away on 07/30/2016. I'll be travelling to France next month to scatter his ashes near his ancestral home in Saintes. The happier news is that one of my brothers (John) and his wife will be with me and much of the trip will be making new memories as they have never travelled in Europe.
I took early retirement several years ago to take care of Joe. It just wasn't possible to manage a programming department part-time (Mass State Lottery). I do still consult a few days a week, which I sure hope has kept part of my brain functioning.
Penelope Ortner McPhee
I don't know if you're following the imperilment of free speech at Wellesley, but I'm very upset about it. Enough so that I have notified the college development department not to expect additional contributions from me until the administration and board speak out in support of free speech everywhere on campus. I know that we liberals are responsible for the rise of "free speech zones" and "safe spaces," but it has gone beyond ridiculous. My education at Wellesley, before and after, taught me that all of America is a free speech zone. I will forward the article that set me off in a separate email. Anyway, the Wellesley issue is just another example of what has me so upset in the Trump era!
Ray and I are currently in Amsterdam. Heading to Bruges and London. Very chilly -- and of course perfect spring weather in Atlanta.
I’ve been lax for too long about connecting with you all through our Class Notes. It’s time for a change..., since I feel so much better about myself and more strongly committed to helping others than ever before in my life. I’ve been on some wonderful trips the last several years, including to Sri Lanka, Qatar, Mali, Senegal and Burkina Faso, Burma, Laos and Thailand, Alaska, London, Paris, Ireland, Italy, et.al., much of this with my treasured “un-husband” of thirteen years, Bill, an adventurous traveling companion and loving, supportive partner who gives me space to explore my own endeavors and personal growth. These activities have ranged from projects with several non-profits, including the International Women’s Health Coalition and advisory work with social enterprises such as Malo, a Malian rice production and distribution company, and Change Finance, a US impact investment firm, to owning and managing a small “de facto” affordable rental apartment project, to working on you-know-whose Presidential campaign (which brought me in touch with terrific classmates and other Wellesley women), to then going to a yoga and meditation retreat; continuing to do Pilates, swim, hike and bike; work with both a wise and knowing wellbeing coach and competent, thoughtful nutritionist; and engage more deeply in both self-reflection and reaching out more to others, hopefully with better listening and greater compassion and kindness. A recent highlight has been, while on a visit with Marilyn Hagstrom Sharpe, going with her and several friends to a nearby Minneapolis mosque to show our support for their members, where we were deeply thanked and much appreciated. A profoundly moving experience!
Besides feeling fortunate to have good health (the removal of cataracts and replacement of a hip along the way being minor detractions), I am so blessed at this point in my life to feel the joy of, and strong connection with, a truly close family. Technically, I am an only child and have no biological children, but now I have several dear sisters, especially two or three with whom I’ve connected ever more deeply since our days by Lake Waban, and several treasured children. I’ve become Mama to a Sri Lankan couple whose wedding procession and ceremony I participated in (alongside their other parents) and will soon be grandmother to their first child; I’m a friend/parent to a bright, lovely young Greek woman who is a student at Wheaton and currently studying at the Sorbonne: and I'm (local) parent to the daughter of my longest-time friend from third grade who is dying of ALS (I will host a wedding party for her in NYC in July). All are adored!
Hoping many of you will be interested in helping me (and contributing!) to write a different book about our class. Rather than a follow-up narrative about our class as part of a generation of “rebels in white gloves," how about thoughts on “coming of age” anew through new beginnings, next steps, growing younger and feeling more energized and vital at age 70? If interested, please email me your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org. or call/text me at 917-596-4309. Still Suzy to all of you!
Since the last reunion, I have been able to put my enthusiasm for native plants to work as a volunteer for our local Audubon Society’s Bring Conservation Home program. For a nominal fee, homeowners interested in beefing up their landscaping for the benefit of birds and other wildlife can arrange a consultation with Audubon volunteers, and receive a lengthy report with many suggestions. St. Louis is a real hot spot for this type of conservation effort. Highlight of this week was watching a Monarch butterfly lay eggs on tiny shoots of Purple Milkweed that I had just uncovered in a patch of weeds.
If your deadline were as few weeks later, I would have actual news to report — the arrival of Grandbaby #3, due in mid-May. I am thrilled at the prospect of getting a bonus decade of sewing doll clothes, etc.
Sarah (Sally) Chapin Caltvedt
Justine Kent Uritam and I had a surprise mini-reunion in February when we ran into each other at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. We were both in town to visit grandchildren who live too far away from us. But I'm so grateful to have my two little granddaughters there, plus the other one in Asheville, NC) that I can't complain too much about the distance. There are so many joys in this stage of life, along with all the losses.
Janet McDonald Hill
Calvin and I went to the Final Four with our son, Grant, who broadcast the game for CBS. I am still traveling 10 days each month for 5 corporate boards (Wendy's, Dean Foods, Carlyle Group, Esquire Bank, Echo360) and 4 non-profits that are equally demanding (Duke Trustees, Kennedy Center Trustees, Wolf Trap Performing Arts Center, Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics). I am a strong advocate for women on corporate boards and spoke on that topic to the NYC Young Presidents Organization last week and the Women's Center Northern Virginia conference of 800 women this week. A few weeks ago I visited the YWCA in DC where our own Karen Williamson is Chair of the Board. I also had dinner with Nancy Gist who looks great. My husband is in his 20th year as a consultant to the Dallas Cowboys so we look forward to the upcoming pro football season. Finally, I have two grand daughters who are...you guessed it...athletes. The 15 year old is the point guard for Lake Highland Prep girls team and the 9 year old is a select soccer player. Life is busy with manageable drama in it. Looking forward to our big 50th reunion...
This July, I will celebrate seven years of remission from multiple myeloma, following my stem-cell transplant in July 2010. I am in full gear, serving on several boards, including Maine Legal Services for the Elderly and the Western Maine Wellesley Club, and was just elected president of our retirement community's governing board. My son and grandsons are moving to Uganda this summer, which, unfortunately, is not any closer than Nairobi, where they have been living for the past 4 years. Luckily, my other son Andrew continues to live much closer in Arlington, VA
Christine (Chrissy) Jones Huber
I am so sorry to read of the passing of three classmates. It makes me feel that I need to finish up whatever I need to do, because we don’t know how long we have. I am still grieving the loss of my cousin Barbara Morris Caspersen ’67, who died suddenly in November. Conversely, Barbara’s friend and classmate, Helen (Sunny) Ladd ‘67, is celebrating her many years as a Professor of Economics and an Education expert at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She is not exactly retiring, but transitioning towards it.
I have been working with siblings to clean out my parents’ house. Unfortunately they never heard of Marie Kondo’s work on de-cluttering. We found boxes that had not been opened since 1962, her dance cards from Barnard College, my Dad’s Navy records from the submarine service in WWII, and a lot of pictures of the rear ends of horses, taken as he was driving his carriage.
Currently, I am working on a re-planting of our family cemetery in Oak Hill, WV on a farm that has been in our family since 1850. Oak Hill is a once prosperous coal town that needs to find a future, so I am not sure what the next generation will do there, but at least I am partnering with my siblings and cousins to keep the land.
In May, Janet Prior Notopoulos, Lucie Leavell Vogel, Noelle Miller, Diana Human Frazier and I plan to have a mini reunion in New York City.
Susan Fowler Bryant
The last three years have been a blur of medical appointments, what seemed like eternal waits, and procedures ever since Rob, my spouse of 46 years, was told he needed a liver transplant. He finally received a healthy liver in May 2016 and is doing really well. Our gratitude to the donor and his/her family and to Mass General Hospital is boundless
My personal sanity was due in large part to five close Wellesley friends! What a great gift of thoughtful emails, phone calls and cheerful visits. The best part has been seeing all five over the course of the three years despite geographic challenges. We see Ted and Wendy Reuter Osborn every summer when they come east from Oregon; Kase and Janet Nichols Kasameyer have visited from Oregon as well; we get together for a long lunch with Ray and Kit Schneider Sawyer come from Cleveland to visit their daughter's family in Amherst, MA; Maria Campagna Klein from MN spent a week cheering us; and Eileen Meade St. Onge and I shared hospital stories while her husband was also a frequent patient at MGH. It definitely takes a village of Wellesley women to weather any crisis.
And after 15 + years in NH, Rob and I have decided to leave snow, cold and ice behind and move to Bluffton, SC in 2018. Life is good.
Rebecca Vaughan Ward
Sally Muir and I had another adventure in NYC yesterday. We went to the Museum of the City of NY, then to the Central Park gardens and then to Amy Ruths in Harlem for lunch. Great time catching up…we hadn't had a NYC adventure all winter. Hightlight of the day was lunch. Amy Ruths is a Harlem institution serving southern comfort food. OMG…their chicken with waffles is SO good. I ate my entire portion…cleaned my plate…and ate all of my mac and cheese too! Sally was more circumspect…had a salad instead of mac and cheese, didn't lick her plate, but DID share a huge portion of peach cobbler with me. Anyone who hasn't been to the city for a while, and is thinking "Harlem", is way behind the times. Harlem is getting so gentrified that it is like being in Chelsea. Probably not a good thing for people getting pushed out, but a great thing for the old restaurants and the new ones popping up everywhere.
So, if you are going to be in NYC north of the park, think Columbia for example, I would highly recommend Amy Ruths!
Hope all is well with everyone and am already thinking of our 50th.
Having attended the Boston Women’s March in January, I was taking a wait-and-see approach to finding the right local cause for my pent-up energy. Along came the Newburyport (MA) Women’s Political Caucus, mission: to get women involved in running for office and volunteering for boards and commissions in our local area. I was just reappointed to my fourth five-year term on the Planning Board. Based on this experience and my broad exposure to local politics, I’m doing what I love to do – networking and mentoring. I was an almost-art history major at Wellesley. Now I get to indulge that passion as a docent at a regional museum where I create and lead tours on any topic I find interesting. I’m doing my best to turn frustration and disappointment in our body politic into positive outcomes locally and for myself.
Eleanor Whittemore Latimer
After spending a week with Jim cruising around the Netherlands and Belgium, I'm joining Peggy Czyzak Dannenbaum on a walk along Hadrian's Wall, across the narrowest part of England and filled with Roman ruins, the wall being the primary one. Then I'll escape the Texas heat for our home in Harbor Springs, Michigan.
So, I am retiring in three months (July 28), after almost 40 years in social work, which has been just the right profession for me. I will be 70 two weeks before I retire, so that seems a good stopping point. But I haven’t the faintest idea what I’m going to do. I am afraid of staying in my PJs reading the paper until 11:30 am.
And eating too much. So, what do you do? I’m looking for suggestions.
Anne Pope Allen
Life has blossomed fuller and busier since retiring from teaching - how can that be?! I am active in our church serving on the vestry and volunteering for FISH - for immediate sympathetic help - food and funds for the needy. Our church also has a very active theater group and Tom and I have been in many musicals over the years… Guys and Dolls and Music Man to name a few. I am involved with an organization, P.E.O., that raises money to help women achieve their education -- undergraduate as well as graduate and post-graduate education. We support women in this country as well as women from many other nations. I find myself delighted to be surrounded by my eight grandchildren often and take great joy seeing them grow and become more involved in their expanding world. We have grandchildren aged from an almost-teenager to one who is just one year-old! It keeps me busy and shows me why only younger people have little children -- it is exhausting! I have been concerned about the rising conflicts in our world -- especially as I have a son who is in the Air Force special ops business who is just now abroad for a one-year remote assignment. I eagerly await July when he is to return. I pray for peace and good feeling within the nation and without. I am so proud of Hillary's courage to run for president. I thank her for that gift to all of us of her time, energy and remarkable talent. As I am staring 70 in the near future (can that be?!) I am planning to travel -- quickly while we still can! I also fill my days with knitting, quilting and reading and love that fact that at this age I can skip making supper and just hop off to the movies with Tom. Life is good!
Jane Hopengarten Moss
I have retired from teaching after 41 years and am now a Visiting Scholar at Duke. I am still actively engaged in scholarly pursuits, mainly as Editor of the bilingual, interdisciplinary journal Québec Studies. My husband Pete and I are still in Pinehurst, NC.
Kathleen (Kathy) Sloan Jackson
I have been dealing with the choppy seas of diverticulitis lately but not in Antarctica last December! We had the dream trip of a good Drake's Passage and wonderful sightings and landings. Silverseas Excursions provided superb guides and zodiac drivers, and even I got my fill of penguins. Also enjoyed hiking in Tierra Del Fuego Park and around Iguazu Falls. We flew over Lima, Peru on the return early Christmas morning to red, green, and white fireworks and holiday songs and clapping a la South America onboard. Enjoyed seeing Frani Rusan Wilson at our new president's LA appearance – so inspiring! I look forward to our 50th with some puzzlement: how did we shoot through the rabbit hole this fast?
Heading into my 70th (!) birthday I got my best present ever! A new grandson! Born in Boston just in time, on the Ides of March no less, Leonardo is the firstborn child of my older son James and his wife (not a Wellesley grad but close - Hampshire). I am beyond over-the-moon for this little boy for whom I feel a deep and many-layered attachment that amazes me. And as I am not a particularly happy or skilled knitter (Leo's mom is), I am going to contribute my vocal talents instead and record a personalized CD for Leo of a bunch of lullabies we have been working on this winter -- classical, traditional, and popular. I'm pretty excited about this project. So now, on those restless nights we all have, I ought to be able to sing myself to sleep too! I am still very busy with our local Wellesley Club and continue to run the Western Maine Club's Book Awards program. Volunteering and OLLI classes, plus chorus and voice lessons round out my "free time."
Katherine (Kathy) Hall Page
I’m attaching the link ( https://www.wellesley.edu/davismuseum/whats-on/past/node/90206) to the show that was at the Davis last fall. Charlotte Brooks, a close family friend, was the only female staff photographer at LOOK magazine and it’s a long story, but the Davis became interested in doing this show a few years ago when I approached them about donating one of Charlotte’s photographs (none in the collection). One became 16 and have been given to the permanent collection with some other material as a 1969 50th reunion gift from me. It was an extraordinary experience to work with the curator and director. The museum is a jewel. Thought I’d send this as happy news.
Jane Spry Gaylord
I am expecting my first granddaughter at any minute. My confirmed bachelor son got married at 41 and is making up for lost time. Gail Suzedell Saxon is also expecting a new grandchild. Pretty exciting!
Last time I submitted something was 1991 when I was being braggy about my job. Life has different rewards now.
I retired from university teaching and administration in 2014, and spent a joyous spring semester in Jerusalem while my husband Don Ellis was a Lady Davis Fellow at Hebrew University. It was my 9th and longest visit to Israel, and I love inviting friends, including Margo Turrentine In 2005, to travel the country. I returned in June to a part-time gig as a synagogue librarian and volunteer work with a lively group of congregants in their 80s and 90s. Like many of our classmates, I have a grandchild to adore and two great grownup kids to be proud of. And I am wondering if there are other classmates like me who have changed religions (I converted to Judaism at 44).