52 Sherwood Trail
Sewanee, TN 37375-2166
Vicky Thoma Barrette is enduring the heat and humidity and working in her garden during the dry, sunny spells. She took a four-day windjammer cruise in Aug. while looking forward to a big trip in the fall: Nancy MacMeekin and Vicky will be off for seven weeks of travel in Australia and New Zealand.
Melinda Musgrove Chapman is going to Germany in Oct. to visit her son and his family. His oldest son has just started college so he won’t be there, but Melinda just saw him during the summer and he’s going to school in Fla. Go Gaters!
Lurline Tolbert Sweet has not written often, so sent her news since 1990. Her husband Paul Buppert died at age 47 in 1990, and she was on her own for 11 years, preparing taxes and working as a church secretary. In 2001 she married Jim Sweet, a pastor and widower, so abruptly had three stepsons, three daughters-in-law, and six grandchildren. Jim has served as interim pastor in several churches—in Port Charlotte, Fla., where Hurricane Charley demolished their home; in Cleveland, Ohio; and now in Ocala, Fla. Life with him has been an adventure.
Gabrielle “Babette” Fraser Hale is expecting her first grandchild in Sept. She has retired from her energy job and re-entered the vastly changed publishing world. Her husband Leon has celebrated his 91st birthday, and they will continue to spend a lot of time at their country place and fit grandbaby visits to N.Y. into the mix.
Sally McCrady Hubbard’s husband Charles died at home on 8/19/12 under Hospice care. His 81st birthday and their 38th anniversary were in June. Their children, stepchildren and several of his 10 grandchildren will come to Sewanee for his funeral Sept. 8. Thanks to all of you who sent kind encouragement this past month.
Harriotte Dodson McDannald invites Sweet Briar friends to the Oct. 8 lecture in the Dodson Memorial Lecture Series at St. John’s-Roanoke. The Rev. Fleming Rutledge ’59 will speak on “Jesus Christ and the New Skepticism.”
Nancy MacMeekin and Vicky Barrette skied twice this year, at Zermatt and Crested Butte; and went to Austria in May (a deal they couldn’t turn down, using points). This summer she made weekly early morning kayak outings, exploring the local tidal creeks of southern Md. After donating her old, unused bicycle a couple of years ago, she bought a new one this year, and has been riding bike trails with her kayak friends. She also tutors literacy/ESL, and stays busy with church work, home maintenance and watering flowers. Nancy, you should get the award for successful retirement, and you and Vicky should be in charge of coming up with a post 50th reunion class trip. Be thinking about it, okay?
For Laura Haskell Phinizy, it was the year of the grandchild. She flew to D.C. to help daughter Laura drive the twins, Spencer and Sarah Frances, to Augusta for two and a half weeks. Then she met daughter Marion in south Ga. to pick up Stewart and Wesley. Four grandchildren (6 to 9) played baseball and other sports in the yard. Then they all went to Kanuga, and Laura did not have to shop, cook or clean up during this annual family vacation. Laura expects to return to D.C. in Oct. for the twins’ 6th birthday.
Milbrey Sebring Raney and her husband Bev are well and enjoying their grandchildren in Charlotte and Austin and some lovely travel.
Carol Reifsnyder Rhoads and her husband Bob went to China in June with their Chinese daughters-in-law and three grandsons (6 to 14). Bob is nearing retirement, but will work one more year as chairman of biochemistry at LSU Medical Center. He may write another grant and continue on in the lab, but not as chair. Soon they plan a life of six months in Shreveport and six months in Colo. Wildfires did not endanger their home outside of Boulder. They’re in good health, and she looks forward to reunion.
Magda Salvesen, who is curator of the Jon Schueler Estate, sends news of two Schueler exhibitions in N.Y. this fall. The current exhibition of five very large paintings is in the Lobby Gallery at 499 Park Ave. until Jan. 5. The next exhibition, “Jon Schueler: The Mallaig Years, 1970-75,” will be at the David Findlay Jr. Gallery with opening reception on Sept. 6. Magda spent three weeks in Pompeii in June and is preparing the course on Ancient Roman Gardens that she will give at N.Y.U. this semester.
Saralyn McAfee Smith and husband Hamp will attend his 50th high school reunion and see old friends in the area they both grew up in, Haddonfield, N.J. Her brother John was in Hamp’s class and will join them. Their older granddaughter Sierra debuted in a local production of “Persephone;” she’s in 7th grade. Their younger granddaughter Cheyenne is excited about entering kindergarten this fall. Saralyn and Hamp are well, and she is on the board of their local Senior Center. She created and updates a website for the Center.