Carol Barnard Ottenberg

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Save the date for our 55th Reunion: May 29-31, 2015!

We begin with expressions of deep sympathy to the families of Debbie Lane Lyon and Julia Scott Todd Kappler, both of whom died in Feb. Debbie had moved to the San Francisco Bay area with husband Bill in the ’70s, where she worked in public relations for United Press International and also as a field representative for an East Bay congressman. Later she became owner and operator of an art and gift gallery. Julia Scott, of Towson, MD, was an insurance agent who won awards for her handmade hooked rugs. She moved to Atlanta following graduation from SBC and worked at the Georgia Historical Society. She then moved to Baltimore and married James Kappler. Classmates are also remembering Patricia Russell Howard who died in July ’13. Elizabeth Meade Howard recalls: I was happy to reconnect with Patricia at reunions some years ago. She’d retained her whimsy and scholarly smarts along with a new talent for painting and a purple pixie cut. We stayed in touch, and I’m sad to lose her.

I’m glad to have hooked up with Kadri Niider and Norris Smith at a NY reading of Molly Haskell’s newest book, “My Brother My Sister.” I also enjoyed NYC reunions with Teddy Hill and Liz Few Penfield, Suzanne Reitz Weinstein and Jackie Mabie Humphrey. As an editor with Streetlight Magazine online, I hope classmates will have a look, like us on Facebook and send submissions.

Jane Headstream Yerkes: Pat Howard and I roomed together our freshman year. She helped me through Dr. Nelson’s Shakespeare class. We sat across from each other at a mutual desk. She had a small china kitty cat on her side of the desk named “Herlonditorious.” His kitty-head was removable and, according to Pat, was always turning towards me! She graciously gifted him to me and to this day the kitty sits on my dresser. As for me, I’m busy in Seattle. Leonard and I have moved to a flat, 11 floors above and right on Lake Washington. When the economy tanked, I retired from most of my interior design business. I’m involved in Seattle Garden Club, University of WA Press and a committee of 33 women who meet monthly with great speakers and interesting conversation. President Jo Ellen Parker was in Seattle earlier this year. I was impressed with her and the information she imparted. Sounds as if SBC has only gotten better over time!

Barbara Beam Denison: Our middle daughter, whose husband was killed in a horrific motorcycle accident six years ago, is remarrying in MT in July. They’ll still live in CA where our other two daughters and grandchildren live also. George is still working on the Hill here in D.C., and I’m now painting like crazy.

Jane Tatman Walker: We’ve enjoyed being in a crossroad here in FL to reconnect with traveling friends. My main personal project is family history with a little golf.

Lucy Martin Gianino writes from NY: Jack and I are enjoying our four grandsons. I’m still acting. Just finished shooting a pilot starring Tracy Morgan from 30 Rock. I’m playing a 90-year-old grandmother. Jack is still stage managing, involved now in a beautiful piece called “Bikeman” about 9/11, which may be performed under the wing of the 9/11 memorial. Our three adult children are busy in their professions and raising children.

Lura Coleman Wampler: My life is full of grandchildren, church, garden club, judging horticulture and photography, and boarded horses.

Barbara Murphy Hale: Phil and I leave for a 58-day, 17-port Hong Kong to Ft. Lauderdale cruise next week. We’ll see much of Africa; Archbishop Tutu will join the ship for three days. I saw Carter Nichols Jump at our church convention this weekend.

Mary Ellen Dohs Acey: Basil and I moved six months ago from Baltimore to The Hermitage at Cedarfield, a retirement community near Richmond, to be closer to our son and his young family. We chose more familiar territory than Seattle where our daughter is living and have returned to VA after leaving 50 years ago as newlyweds.

Carol-Ann Kolakowski Nalewaik: Daughter Alexia completed her Ph.D. in project management at SKEMA Business School in Paris, focusing on construction project performance. She’ll become chair of the International Cost Engineering Council (Sydney, Australia). She already serves on the governing board of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (London) and is president of the management consulting firm QS Requin Corporation based in Los Angeles. Although Jerry and I continue to be bi-coastal, we spend more of our time in Charlottesville.

Teddy Hill and Liz Few Penfield: We split our time between CO and Skidaway Island, 15 min. and a bridge from Savannah, at The Marshes, a retirement community. Had a great time in Venice during the Biannale with Teddy’s two daughters and some of their families and Christmas in NY. A week at Edisto Beach with Liz’s cousins and Thanksgiving there with friends from New Orleans. One of Teddy’s grandchildren is in Thailand teaching after graduating from Yale and another is taking her junior year from Johns Hopkins to spend her first semester in Argentina and second in Nepal. We had spent a week with Patricia Howard in NYC in 2012 and were so happy to renew and deepen our friendship, only to lose her.

Jane Haldeman Hope recently got a new right knee.

Judy Barnes Agnew: Jim still goes into his office every day— a good thing! Children and grandchildren activities are a big interest, as well as bridge, reading and socializing.

Jean Morris Stevenson: Don and I spend our year between Charlotte (in and out for about three months), mountains around Banner Elk (from May 15-Oct. 15) with fly fishing trips to ID, cruises in Europe or U.S. river cruises. Nov.-March, we’re at the ranch in TX. We have two sons and families in Charlotte. Our daughter and family are in San Antonio and visit regularly. We are all going to Vail to ski this Christmas.

Sue Styer Cahill: Was skiing in UT with Bessie Bulkley Bradley ’61 and spent a month in Pawleys Island SC, golfing with husband Ed just before. Stopped to see son Tor and grandson Houston in Denver on the way back from skiing.

Mary Anne Claiborne Johnston: I’ll become president-elect of the Rotary Club of Summit County in CO in July. Son Richard, an orthopedist in Atlanta, and family will be joining us for a ski week in early March. Daughter Kristin, a clinical psychologist in Boulder, and her husband try to keep up with their two daughters. Son Claiborne and family will move this summer to Austin TX where he begins his position as dean of the new Dell School of Medicine at the U. of TX, Austin. My husband continues to work full time as associate dean for research at the U. of CO School of Medicine.

Carolyn King Ratcliffe: Our family trips have included Tanzania, Egypt, and last summer Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Our grandchildren are now ages 15 to 20 (two at UVA, one headed to Duke and two in high school). I’m still volunteering and playing tennis, and Clyde stays busy with his genealogy.

Patti Powell Pusey: We’ve been trying to keep up with the Ratcliffe family travel adventures. They took their family to Tanzania with the Thompson family group, so we did also. 18 of us had the trip of a lifetime, sharing animal life, village community and Masaai School.

Our 55th Reunion is on the calendar. Gale Young Walker shares memories of Patricia Russell Howard: I was lucky enough, also having drifted north and over the border into Canada, to keep up a friendship with Patricia. She became a prominent member of the English Dept. at the U. of Toronto and, in retirement, a noted watercolorist.

Carolyn Gough Harding still subs occasionally for Adult English as a Second Language programs and tutors some neighbors once a week. We’re planning a family trip to Jackson Lake and Yellowstone in July. I get to the YMCA each week.

Linda Sims Grady Newmark: I’m on a cruise to China, Japan and South Korea. I, along with Nina Bugg and Ann Lemmon, have enjoyed the SBC Living Room Learning course with 22 alumnae and 225 others at the Atlanta History Center. Nina is the capable treasurer and Ann heads up the hospitality committee. I’m still enjoying life on Lake Keowee in SC with frequent visits to my second home in Atlanta.

Nina Wilkerson Bugg and Ann Crowell Lemmon also write of the outstanding Living Room Learning series. Ann adds: I can’t recommend this program enough. We’ve done it for 40 plus years. I’m still so thankful at age 75 that my parents provided a SBC education for me. Phyz and I love visits with children and grandchildren (VT and NC).

Carol Barnard Ottenberg: Simon and I leave Seattle in late July, just when the sun comes out, and head for ME. This year I’m speaking in Salem, MA, at a national jigsaw puzzle meeting. We enjoyed a week in AZ in Feb. with family. It was fun to work with my neighbor Jane Headstream Yerkes on hosting an SBC tea when President Parker came to town.

Nancy Corson Gibbes: I’m in Morocco having just spent two nights camping in a tent in the desert.

Ginger Newman Blanchard writes: We’re moving to Amherst to the farm. We moved out of NJ at the end of Jan. If anyone is in the area, we’d love to see them.

Jane Ellis Covington: We have some ideas about how to make our 55th special and we welcome thoughts from classmates. Thanks to the efforts of our 50th reunion committee, our class was over the top with 78% giving participation. It would be so great if we could match our last effort or exceed it! I just returned from skiing in CO—first a week with friends and then a week with daughter and two grandsons. Our escape is a farm about an hour west of Richmond, on the periphery of the Deep Run Hunt territory.

Isabel Burch Ware: I am still enjoying life in Williamsburg and hope to have a large group returning for reunion in 2015. Mark your calendars now, please, for May 29-31, 2015.