1955

Emily Hunter Slingluff
1217 North Bay Shore Dr.
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
emilyslingluff@aol.com

It is sad to report the deaths of two of our classmates. Mary Judith Trevor Nettles died on Jan. 21. Carolyn Neighbors Hart died on July 2. Their names will be read at the Memorial Service held at Sweet Briar Chapel during Reunion 2013. I know we all send love to their families.

Frankie Marbury Coxe writes from Menerbes, France, that she has happy memories of Sweet Briar. She writes: When I think of those easy carefree days with no worries except the next test, Sweet Briar seems like a delightful interlude, which today we might call a pause before the main event, the real world. We were exposed to the merit and pleasure of learning, and we made some lifelong friends. After that, we were free to discover or reinvent ourselves. Tench and I loved Atlanta and for 40 years, threw ourselves with great gusto into the life of the community. Our two children, Tench and Molly, went to Dartmouth, Princeton and Harvard. Today we are enjoying our sunset years in the beautiful medieval village of Menerbes, France, living in an 11th century chateau that we restored. Tench Jr. is a venture capitalist in Palo Alto, Calif., and Molly is writing and illustrating children’s books in Bellingham, Wash., and both have wonderful families. They all come to Provence at least once a year for two or three weeks. What more can we ask?

Camille Williams Yow writes from Atlanta: In June, I spent a week in Rome immersed in beautiful music provided by Robert McDuffie’s Rome Chamber Festival, now in its tenth year. (Robert McDuffie is Camille’s daughter’s husband and a famous, wonderful violinist. I heard him play with the Virginia Symphony in Norfolk.) The music was performed in the Palazzo Barberini located in the Quirinale area and, also, one evening at the residence of our ambassador to Italy. The residence, an exquisite villa and gardens on seven acres, was given to the U.S. as part of reparations following WWII. Then on to Paris for another week of music and a day trip to Normandy, which was memorable. In August I spent a week in Aspen. Everything was beautiful! All four of my grandchildren are now in college. The youngest grandson just started at Davidson College. All is well.

Newell Bryan Tozzer writes from Atlanta that she sees our Atlanta classmates often. She said that Kathleen Peebles Ballou had a wonderful luncheon for Mary Reid Daugette, who recently moved to a retirement area near Atlanta to be near her daughter. Other classmates who attended were Newell, Sue Lawton Mobley, and Camille Williams Yow.

Meta Space Moore in Charleston, S.C., is very involved with ministry at St. Michaels Episcopal Church. She sees a lot of her children, some in Charleston, and also keeps up with our classmates, Derrill Maybank Haygood and Nella Gray Barkley.

Betty Byrne Gill Ware writes from Richmond, or rather Smith Mountain Lake, where she often enjoys life in the summertime, about their travels and their visits with their children. I know that she plays lots of golf and bridge plus does important volunteer work, and that she and Hudnall exercise regularly when in Richmond and in Naples, Fla., in the winter, and that they both look exceptionally good and healthy!

Honey Addington Passano writes from Gibson Island, Md., where they spend much of their time, that life there is very full as always with family and friends and boating. When in Baltimore, they enjoy living in a nice retirement place.

Emily Hunter Slingluff, writing from Virginia Beach: Guess I should write something about me. Life is very full and exciting. Friends tell me that it is good that I am busy rather than bored, but I think of my mother telling me, and I agree, that an educated person is never bored. Love to all. We’re the tops!