Jane Russo Sheehan
600 S. Main St.
Mansfield, MA 02048
My apologies for being out of touch. Husband Dick had major surgery. He’s coming along better now, but it was a stressful time. My children came through like stars to help. Many thanks to Joanne Holbrook Patton for sharing her holiday correspondence so that there would be this many ’52 notes.
Joanie’s Thanksgiving letter caught you up on a good deal of news. In addition to Joanie’s news of Charlotte Snead Stifel’s husband’s death, Anne Hoagland Kelsey sent me a printout about the work Hank had done in establishing the Stifel Paralysis Research Foundation in 1982. In 1984 this joined with the American Paralysis Foundation, with Hank as chairman. This came about as a result of Charlotte and Hank’s son’s auto accident at 17, which left him a quadriplegic. Thanks to early pioneering in electrode stimulation, Henry III was able to get some movement back. He lives in an apt. in NYC and is a VP at Morgan-Stanley. I’m sure that most of us never knew of Charlotte and Hank’s commitment to the foundation, which in 1995 became the Christopher and Dana Reeves Foundation.
Joanie also forwarded to me a letter from the son of Ann Garst Strickland. Her health is in serious decline and she needs constant care.
Pat Layne Winks and Henry traveled widely in the U.S. last year and hope to go to Europe in 2014. Her granddaughter, Carmen, a sophomore at Brandeis, hopes to follow Pat’s footprints and do her junior year in France.
From Joanie’s classmates’ Christmas letters/cards:
Harriet “Binji” Thayer Elder had a difficult year, but is on the mend. Anne Hoagland Plumb Kelsey’s husband Jack had a bad case of vertigo, requiring a hospital bed. During the winter their address is 460 Coconut Palm Road, Vero Beach, FL32963-3709. Mary Lois Miller Carroll’s husband Hugh passed away in Feb. ’13. She has since moved to MD. Her new address: Mary Lois Carroll, 16505 Virginia Ave., Unit 1096, Williamsport, MD 21795, Tel: (301)223-8784. Pauline Wells Bolton sent a card with a Paris scene. Martha Yost Ridenour lost her only child, Suzanne, a talented dancer. Martha planned to move into her daughter’s house, but a fire destroyed it and its contents. Martha soldiers on, lives in the 95-year-old house she was born in and still runs the family business. Her address: 105 Myra Barnes Ave.-Box336, Pikesville, KY 41501.Laura Radford Goley wrote from Richmond where husband Gene was attending the annual Farm Bureau State Meeting. Her address is still: Rothsay, 15330 Forest Rd., Forest, VA 24551. Virginia Sheaff Liddel has moved to a senior community. One fellow resident is her freshman year roommate Kate Shaw Minton. Ginge now has three great-granddaughters. Her address: Unit 2308, 122 Palmers Hill Rd, Stamford, CT 06902. A nice card from Josie Sibold who lives at 1109 E. Dallas Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405-2303. Helen Graves Stahmann wrote from Australia that her husband Deane died in Oct., after fighting cancer for over 20 years. They had 61 years together. Her address: PO Box 19060, Newtowne, Toowamba West, Australia 4350. Grace Delong Einsel has also moved: 28 Liberty Sq., Apt. 191, Bloomfield, CT 06002, Tel: (860)966-7185. Linda Brackett is active in her retirement facility, The Virginian. She has had friends and family visit, and has even been president of the local chapter of VA Retired Residents. Her new address: 9229 Arlington Blvd, Fairfax, VA 22031.
Sue Judd Silcox and Jack moved to a retirement community in Hanover, PA. They still travel all over despite Jack’s Parkinson’s. Besides their 60 years of marriage, they’re celebrating being great-grandparents. New address: 610 Morning Glory Dr., Hanover, PA 17331-7828.
I’m looking forward to a trip to visit my daughter Diana and her family in Dallas later this week. I’ll get to see Diana in two shows. She plays Masha in “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” a Christopher Durang play. Then on Tues. she opens in her new cabaret show featuring the songs of Gertrude Lawrence. One of the hardest things about being class secretary is having to bear sad news to you all. I think we all can agree that old age is not for sissies! But who said that Sweet Briar girls were ever sissies? My best to you all—we’re a remarkable class!