1951

Patty Lynas Ford

Spring Lake Village

5555 Montgomery Dr., #23

Santa Rosa, CA 95409

patella2@sonic.net

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MJ Eriksen Ertman: Eric and family were here for Christmas. Three grandsons are h.s. seniors heading for college. One granddaughter graduates from USC in spring and another finishes grad school at Tufts (Fletcher School). Gardner is getting good care and the children are cheering us. I’ve talked to Sue Ostrander Hood in Lake Forest, IL, where they’ve moved to a retirement place, too.

Ruth Oddy Meyer: We’re up to our eyebrows in snow and our new English bulldog puppy is chewing the sofa to pieces due to cabin fever.

Susan Taylor Hubbard: I’ve been in the same house since ’65. I continue to bird watch as a hobby. This morning we had our SBC Day breakfast. I was the only one from ’51; there were two alumnae there from ’43! There were 40 -plus attending as well as the dean. SBC is especially proud of the new library. I’m in touch with Angie Vaughan Halliday who still prepares tax returns etc. She has nine grandsons.

Mary Pease Fleming: A day doesn’t pass here at Cedarfield Retirement Community that we don’t hear by mail or telephone or visit from family. We were happy when our brother-in-law, Bill Curdts, moved here to Cedarfield. I only had four SBC Christmas cards this year: Ann Sheldon Campbell, Joan Davis Warren, Ann Petesch Hazzard and Barbara Birt Dow. Everyone seems to be in good health and observing the Cedarfield rule: WHATEVER YOU DO, DON’T FALL.

Ann Gamble-Blechta: Joined the “Octogenarians,” 84 like our whole class. Remember Belle Boone Beard studying Octogenarians—those between 80 and 90 years old? Spent Christmas in Paris with daughter Daphne.

Jean Graham Randolph “Randie” Bruns: I’m in FL for another winter. It will be a quiet Christmas. Son Bryan, now working in India, will be in Chiang Mai, assuming the unrest doesn’t interfere. One of his daughters is in grad school in London and the other is hiking in Nepal, then will return to Occidental.

Anne Sinsheimer: I had Thanksgiving in Redondo Beach with 2nd nephew and lots of family. I had Christmas Eve with my local nephew and family. Still keep busy with dog walking, knitting, reading with ESL children.

Sue Lockley Glad: The grandchildren are scattered around the country in colleges: Boston College, UCLA, TCU, AZ, West TX and one left in AZ at a Soccer Academy. Had a great family gathering in LA for Thanksgiving and hopefully we’ll be together at Black Butte Ranch this summer.

Ann Benet Yellott: I’m working on Utility (advanced dog obedience degree) with my Brittany. Getting ready to do therapy visits. Still riding my horse.

Joan Davis Warren: Yes, this winter has been very hard to take. The potholes are king-sized, trees are uprooted. Not to mention days without power.

Lynne McCullough Gush: We’ve performed assorted duos since Halloween. We played the Nutcracker five times over the holidays. I invited 30 people for the big party, expecting 10 regrets. Nobody regretted and all the inherited silver was put into play at last. Kensington is gorgeous. He loves the cold. I wear a parka. Even ballet class was cancelled because of ice on the freeway.

Patty Lynas Ford: We’re settling in and meeting interesting people at Spring Lake Village. There are 105 people here over 90! The big news for me is that my brother, Dick Lynas, has had a fossil named after him—a special and rare honor as he isn’t a professional paleontologist. He graduated from the Webb School in Claremont in the mid-1950s. A recently published paper with Webb student co-authors published by the American Museum of Natural History reveals a new species named after him. Nannodectes lynasi lived 60 million years ago in southern CA. It was a plesiadapiform, an early primate. In the last 10 years, Dick has spent more than 4000 hours supporting the museum and has been on more than 40 field trips since his 1st trip in 1952. Alf Museum at the Webb School is the only nationally accredited paleontology museum on a high school campus in the world, where students actually are involved in research from dirt to professional publication.