Ali Wood Thompson
89 Pukolu Way
Wailea, HI 96753
For those of you that sent in your news, so many thanks to you! The more people who write in…the more interesting! I just received an email from Dinah Watson, who is the Reunion coordinator for SBC. She mentioned that the dates for our 55th reunion in 2014 are May 30-June 1. So now you have plenty of notice!
Passings: Susan Timberlake Thomas of Staunton, Va., died Monday, 8/20/12.
Contact Updates: Mary Boyd Davis: 1000 Vicar’s Landing Way, # D201, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082. Phone: 904-285-7118. Pat Davis Stuker: 8548 Pepper Tree way, Naples FL 34114. Phone: 239-417-4012. Lucy Frost Dunning: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Boyd Davis: Irvin and I are moving to a local (Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.) life care community on Aug. 14. We hate to give up our home of 25 years, but the time has come. We still have a guest room! I plan to meet with Jini Jones Dyer, Sarah Murdock Moore, Erna Arnold Westwig and Sandi LaStaiti Sylvia in Williamsburg in Oct. Can’t wait to see them all! Thanks for all the information you send—what a job!
Pat Davis Sutker: We just sold our summer cottage, hurrah!
Betsy Duke Seaman: Hope everyone’s well and surviving the summer heat. Thanks to Judy for organizing a reunion. Hope we can have another one soon.
Alice Cary Farmer Brown: We’re at our summer house on an island off the coast of R.I., but just leaving now to go down to Fla. for a week where we’re renovating my recently deceased mother-in-law’s house. Tons of Thanks for all you do for all of us, and my love, too.
Pat Frawley Gates: Three years later a beautiful display from our 50th reunion Sweet Briar Rose—the dear little blooms lasted all of 10 days, then I gave it a drastic hair cut. Anyway it’s all good and I knew if I kept singing our College song it would finally bloom its heart out. All’s well here on the Eastern Shore of Md.
Jini Jones Vail: In the last 12 months I was on book tour most of the time, giving 26 talks and loving my new life! Still working full time—breaking records! Photos on Facebook and website: jinijonesvail.com.
Virginia MacKethan Kitchin: Spent a trip at our Sandbridge Beach cottage in August with our six grandchildren. Seventh due in December. Still working at selling real estate and being a docent at the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk. I am not playing tennis anymore, but I love watching the pros on TV, especially Roger Federer, whom I adore.
Jane “Puss” Moore Banks: At 75 I decided to turn the day to day operation of the family Assisted Living business over to my daughter, Bunny. She has worked with me side-by-side for over 20 years and has taken on the mantle with grace and dignity. Needless to say, I am proud of her.
Judy Nevins LeHardy: Ward and I and all our family were very proud to attend our grandson Barrett LeHardy’s graduation from West Point in May. He won special recognition as the fastest runner on the Cross-Country Team. His sister, Annie will be a sophomore at UNC this year. She is on a full scholarship for her running! We get to Kiawah several times each year, presently here (August) volunteering at the PGA. Still enjoying living on the Northern Neck of Va., but all the work of keeping up the place and having frequent visits of our large family tires us out more each year. We’re doing well and thankful for great health and such a wonderful family. The other eight grandchildren are ages 11 to 31, and our youngest son, Peter, was married last year to a lovely young woman who is a physician. They live in Annapolis. The other three families live in Fredericksburg, Arlington and Roanoke. Three adult “grands” live in Los Angeles. None are married, but the eldest is engaged. I so enjoyed going to Judy Chalmers Simpson’s luncheon for the “Richmond gang” in June and seeing classmates I hadn’t seen for years. It was really fun. I think the picture of us all is circulating. Does anyone else suddenly feel much older, reaching the age of 75? I hope everyone is doing well.
Debbie Von Reischach Snyder: What a beautiful summer; great weather, grandchildren (seven), sailing, tennis, golf. My husband and I will be in Maine this summer for four months, until the beginning of Oct. Have to leave for a week to go to Shelter Island, N.Y. to my great aunt’s 100th birthday party. Don’t want to leave Maine, but it could be worse. My cousin has chartered a 36’ Herreschoff to watch the national Herreschoff races at S.I. this coming weekend. My husband and I then drive back to Maine for two weeks and then off to Portugal and Spain for three weeks the day after Labor Day. We return to Maine for 10 days and then drive home to Williamsburg. Life is good as I hope it is for everyone.
Ann Smith Heist: We took the four grandchildren and Mommy on a week’s cruise to Bermuda where they snorkeled till they dropped. Had forgotten how pretty the island is. Our daughter is sorry to leave the Boston area, but they will make Ridgefield, Conn., home now. Very close to her husband’s old home and two hours closer for us to drive up from Fla. to see them. I’m still involved in writing schedules and doing flower shows through GCA and Federated and John stays a step ahead of new technology. If our health holds up we may head out for the islands in the Baltic in the spring. Travelling with oxygen gets a little tricky, but we have surmounted all obstacles so far. Thank heaven for cruise ships and car rentals.
Polly Space Dunn: Same old, same old. Staying healthy, thank God. Playing lots of golf, painting and enjoying our wonderful home in the mountains. Everyone here is well. I miss y’all! My daughter Eleanor and son Austin (5) live in Statesboro, Ga…about 50 miles from Savannah. Elizabeth, our older daughter, lives in Rumson, N.J. with her daughter (12) and son (9). I don’t see enough of them!
Tabb Thornton Farinholt: I’m sure Judy will send you the photo of a few of us who gathered at her cottage she rents in Gloucester each summer. For that occasion (in June) Barbara Sampson Borsch came to stay with me for several days on her way to Los Angeles! It is so good to reconnect with classmates. Blair and I are just about to fly to N.H. to Camp Pasquaney’s final weekend to see grandsons perform in plays: “Mark Antony” in “Julius Caesar” and “The Paperboy” in “Our Town.” Is that not fun?!
Ali Wood Thompson: I guess it’s time to get the calendar out to find out what I have done in the past six months…My 80-year-old cousin from Maine came out for a visit so we decided to go paddling in a six-man outrigger canoe twice. The song got it right: “14 on the right and 14 on the left.” We had to quickly switch the paddle to the other side and keep in perfect rhythm! That was fun. Now I can strike that off my bucket list. Off to Nice in April for a week and then caught a plane to Amsterdam where we picked up an 11-day boat trip up the Rhine to Zurich and then home to Maui. It’s always good to get home though! In early June, it was off to Freeport, Maine to see my oldest granddaughter graduate from Cheverus High School. Then a few days later we went on down to N.J. to see Travis’ sister for a nice visit. I thought it would be good to get some more exercise at the Senior Center, so I signed up for Line Dance and Diva Ball and Stretchy Bands class right after Line Dance (a lot of stretching to jazzy music). Fun, but a bit exhausting. In July we had an interesting experience, hosting the top four teenage girls (ages 15-17) from the state of Ariz. for the Girl’s Junior America’s Cup Tournament here in Wailea. There were 18 teams from the western third of the US. All four slept downstairs…It was like a dorm. Wonderful girls and very polite. And lastly, we had to fly off to Bellevue, Wash. for a dear friend’s memorial service, but we were able to see many of our old friends and best of all, we were able to meet up with our son for dinner one night because he was in Seattle on business…we hadn’t seen him in two years, so that was a real treat!
Keep me abreast of all address, phone and email changes. Remember, if you want me to resend you the address list just drop me an email and I will send it on to you.