1961

Bette Hutchins Sharland
thefroghall@verizon.net

Patti Birge Spivey writes she “always loves to read the news,” so here it comes, thanks to classmates.

Mary Denny Scott Wray, her 3 sons, 3 daughters-in-law and 6 grands went on safari in Kenya. Her “bad bones” have caused 4 hammer toe surgeries and she’s been in a “boot” for over 4 months, helped by family and friends. Though otherwise happy and healthy, she mourns the deaths of both Fran B. and a Richmond friend. “Old age ain’t for sissies!”

Rue Wallace Judd and retired attorney Ardon have moved east from west TX to Houston, as has her Bright Sky Press, which emphasizes Texana. Though she’s retired, she still works independently in publishing with museums and consults with authors.

Nancy Coppedge Lynn, her children and grands love spending 4 months each summer at Mere Point up on the ME coast. She’s lived in the same house in Atlanta for almost 50 years and plays mah jong weekly—“much more fun than bridge.”

Janna Staley Fitzgerald and Hans traveled to western MD to celebrate her mother’s 106th birthday. A few days later they spent 3 weeks in a small group tour of Costa Rica—“delicious food and spectacular scenery.” Since they flew in and out of Charlotte, she could visit with her granddaughter. In Nov., they spent a week in Denver and Breckenridge, CO, visiting Hans’ son and family—unfortunately, only man-made snow for skiers, but good hiking. Hans and Janna, coming from sea level, noticed the thinner, drier air and had to adjust. Back in Feb., they flew to Dallas to visit his daughter and her family.

Alicia Laing Salisbury and John also spent 12 days in Costa Rica in Feb. “In Sept., before our presidential election and activity picked up over there,” they traveled to Israel. In time for Hurricane Sandy, they came back to rainy VA to visit their granddaughter, a freshman at William and Mary.

Sara Finnegan Lycett is “getting used to being a city girl after almost 38 years in the country.” Ike died suddenly in 2011, so she sold their PA acreage and moved full time to their Baltimore home in 3/2012. The house in Mt. Vernon Place is “considered to be one of the most beautiful public squares in the country, filled with 19th century brownstones, most of which are now condominiums.” Much is within walking distance, and “I rarely have to use my car. I’m in my 19th year as a docent at The Walters Art Museum and still love it. I have also been elected to the vestry at Old St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, founded in 1692. It’s the mother church of all Episcopal churches in this country.” She’s also within 20 min. of 2nd son David, so gets to visit often.

Last fall, Jack and Laura Conway Nason moved from Sedona to Scottsdale, AZ, home of their medical care at the Mayo Clinic. Laura had 2 out-patient visits there last year—one from a large kidney stone and the 2nd to correct some bad atrial fibrillation episodes. The kidney stone attack kept them from Jack’s 50th law school reunion. Laura misses trekking in the Red Rocks, singing in the Chapel of the Holy Cross and gardening. She’s looking for a French group and the local Sweet Briar group. They’re also downsizing and walking their 2 beagles about the new neighborhood.

In “beautiful northern CA,” Patty Anderson Warren has been re-elected to an 8th term on the Marin County Board of Education. She’s a founder and continuing board member of the Marin County Women’s Hall of Fame, which celebrated its 25th anniversary, and is active in Rotary. Despite 3 strokes, she continues to travel. In spring 2012, she visited Cuba with the Purdue Alums, and this April, went on a jazz river boat cruise to admire the tulips in Holland. Later, she and her husband cruised the Inside Passage and visited Denali National Park. They divide their time between the San Francisco Bay area and their home on Lake Tahoe, where they enjoy skiing, boating, and their 9-year-old granddaughter’s soccer games (with her Daddy as coach).

In Feb., Celia Williams Dunn’s mother died, 5 mos. short of her 100th birthday. According to Winifred Storey Davis, Celia and her daughter took her to church and out to lunch every Sun. until recently. Celia scattered some of her ashes at Athlone Farm in Amherst. Her grandfather was rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Clifford, VA, where Mary Jane Hubbard Oliver’s (’62) husband has been rector for several years.

Another travelling couple is Dick and Faith Bullis Mace, who cruised “the Med” and visited Turkey back in Oct. In March, they cruised in the Caribbean with the British friends with whom they’ve visited or cruised every year since meeting in 2005. They “continue to drive all over the east coast, visiting children and family who live in FL, TN, VA, MD, PA, CT, MA, and ME” yearly. Last summer, she saw her senior roommate Mary Hannah ’62, who is retired from teaching at the U. of Detroit. Faith is thrilled to have good health, as does Dick. She plays tennis 5 days a week.

Also spending the winter in “somewhat cool” FL were Brad and Bee Newman Thayer. They attended an SBC theatre professor’s talk on “Katherine Hepburn: Wearing the Pants” in the Vero Beach Museum and got to visit with other SBC alumnae. They were keeping fit at the gym, walking, biking and “working on our golf games” before returning northward via VA.

Lou Chapman Hoffman lost her husband Don last May. The French American Chamber of Commerce, of which he was founder and president, honored him at its annual meeting during the winter. Back in Nov., Lou, Celia Williams Dunn and Mimi Lucas Fleming celebrated a visit with brunch at Commander’s Palace. Lou also saw Douglas Dockery Thomas ’62 when she came to New Orleans to speak about her garden in CT.

Class President Maria Garnett Hood and Bob continue, with their son Will and his wife, to run Camp Greenbrier. Maria enthuses over her fond memories of our 50th Reunion, the first she’d attended. She thanks Sara Finnegan Lycett for bringing her “up to snuff” on what had been going on at the Patch, enjoyed the first dinner with Sally Hamilton Moore and her husband, and Mary Denny, who “enticed” her first class reunion. She hopes to see us all in 2016, if not before!

Boy, has your secretary been remiss! Last year, Simone Aubry sent her Christmas newsletter for 2011. She’s plagued by Rheumatoid Arthritis, and the medications prescribed seem to have side effects. Nonetheless, she sent news of a move into a “one floor” condominium in Sudbury, and a return expedition to Antarctica in 2009. She saw much evidence of global warming and sent several pictures of lots of rocks, ice and penguins, including one of her plunge into 28-degree water.

Margaret Wadman Cafasso is now a fulltime Delray Beach, FL resident, and rejoices that she no longer has to pay NY taxes. She suspects she’ll travel northward in the summers.

Mary MacKenzie Shaw also lost her husband Jim back in Feb. 2011, due to complications with cancer. They’d had a “wonderful marriage” of almost 50 years.

Catherine Caldwell Cabaniss will be in NY for the Armory Show. While there, she and Bill will have dinner with Ross and Jeanne Bounds Hamilton and Molly Haskell, who lost her husband, film critic Andrew Sarris, during the summer of 2012. Bette Hutchins Sharland continues as secretary of the local umbrella civic association and tries to keep up with the book club associated with her church.