Nancy Crawford Bent
14 Dopping Brook Rd.
Sherborn, MA 01770
Mary Lee Bell Coffey: Ginny is correct. We look first for news of our class, but most of us don’t find time to contribute our own info. Sorry…will try to do better. Shelby and I celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary this June. It seems impossible since neither of us feels that old. Our “kids” are 42 and 39, healthy, happy, but so far no grandchildren. As a mom and an in-law I try to keep my mouth shut about that. (I have a hope chest full of baby things collected over the years which Shelby has laughingly dubbed my “hopeless” chest.) Having retired from the trenches of daily emergency medicine, I am doing a lot of volunteer medical and advocacy work. It is satisfying getting back to the reasons for going into medicine in the first place. Government and insurance company interference in medicine has drained the joy from practice for many docs, so more and more of us are finding creative ways to do the work we love without being dictated to by policy wonks. Shelby is still involved with news, politics, and has begun doing a few guest lectures on the media, Washington, history, security and intelligence issues. He loves TED and All Things Digital and seems to have jumped to the next platforms easily. We were sad to see the Graham family sell the Washington Post, but we know Jeff Bezos and think his energy and creativity may save the brand even though the institution changes. Life stays busy and fascinating. We just spent a month in Scandinavia and Russia and I am making progress in learning to speak Russian…have to do something to keep the old cortex functioning and I like languages better than sudoku! Becoming senior citizens has caused us to apply the “QTR” test to each new project…”quality time remaining.” If it doesn’t pass that test we pass on it. Looking forward to reading about all of our classmates!
Martha Brewer: I “retired” from LSU in March and finally took some time off. Have been to Mexico and France. I am very happy in a new relationship and am hoping to go back to work. My current political jag is working on Marriage Equality for all Americans. In the last few years, I have become increasing dismayed at the extent to which Christianity has been used to justify hatred and bigotry. And as the recipient of this hatred and bigotry, I worry about the future of our divided country. “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hattie Coons and Bruce Babbitt: We just celebrated our 44th wedding anniversary and are still settled happily in the Washington, D.C., home we moved into in 1993 with our then-teenage sons. Our son Chris and his wife Claire (both lawyers) also live in DC and have produced two perfect grandchildren. Our son TJ and his long-time partner David have announced their intention to marry—no date yet, but we are thrilled. Bruce’s work takes him to the Amazon basin countries (mostly Peru) where he works to manage development of the mineral resources of the Amazon in a non-destructive way. Hattie has taken on chairing the United States Water Partnership (USWP) and Population Action International (PAI). She hikes regularly with other female friends of a certain age. Their 2012 trip took them to Patagonia and the 2013 trip to Slovenia.
Giana DePaul: After 37 years working for another photographer, I now own a business with a female photographer partner. We are having a great time with it! Why didn’t I think of that earlier! I “retired” for a year when I was 60 & was recruited by many boards needing “fresh blood.” I still serve on the boards of the Dallas Theater Center Guild, the Women’s Council of the Dallas Arboretum, and Nexus, a local rehab facility for young women who are expecting or already have young children. I am a member of the Dallas Museum of Art Women’s League, as well. When I am not marketing the business (mostly by computer and phone!) I spend the hot Texas summer gardening & swimming with my 3 crazy pups for company: a 10 pound Dachshund, a 25 pound Schnauzer & a 65 pound Pit bull. All rescues. I was up to 6 of them in the house, but I was very lucky to find homes for 3 of them.
Mary Follows Keith: Okay! If you want to see what this alum is into, go here: TheEscapeProject.org.
Melissa Griffith Manning: Unfortunately I remember more about horses and boys in those end-of-the-sixties years than dress codes. I do remember that only riding pants were allowed in class. I am pretty sure we had to go off-campus to get even 3.2 beer. Ask Susan Scanlan—she never forgets anything. I am fine, enjoying four grandchildren, still riding, helping Pam Noyes keep her horses fit, and pretty much not using my education for anything but enjoyment. Not a bad use for it, either. Love to all.
Lesslie Guthrie Keller: I was in the class of ’69 for two years before transferring to UNC. I now live in San Diego where I run a non-profit called Episcopal Community Services. We provide a variety of programs in the areas of education, housing, and mental health services to people in San Diego County. The organization has been around for 86 years. I have two adult children – a son in Phoenix who is involved in tv and film production and a daughter in Chicago in the publishing industry. She has 3 1/2 year old Gracie and 7 month old Sam who are the absolute delights of my life and who I get to see way too infrequently. I keep up with several SBC friends. See Lin Rick Rosenthal several times a year in both Chicago and San Diego and last year had a fun reunion with Ginny Stanford Perdue, Mary Nelson Wade, and Haden Ridley Winborne in San Diego. Would welcome seeing other classmates if they make it out to southern California.
Cathy Hall Stopher: I have read quite a bit of non-fiction lately, so have been thinking about you, Nancy: After Visiting Friends, She Left Me The Gun, Behind The Beautiful Forevers, Devil in the Grove, Until I Say Goodbye, and The Mountains Echoed. I just finished The Art of Hearing Heartbeats and The Orphan Master’s Son, and am now reading A Great American, a story about a German immigrant and his family in a small town in Missouri. Well written. Did not particularly like Paris to the Pyrenees. Granddaughter Lucy is 2 1/2 and looks just like Charles did at the same age. I have her every Friday morning and we have a lot of fun. Daughter Marshall’s son Walter (1) is crawling, and loving it. They are both adorable, of course. I am still playing really bad golf, and am a little better at bridge. Wish I had played in the Smoker during college! Claudette Harloe Dalton: Life rolls on here in Virginia at its usual leisurely Southern pace, and out here in the semi-rural countryside our only problems are the deer eating all the plants in my yard and an occasional loss of electrical power when the overloaded lines and cables feel a breath of a breeze. My three occupations these days are working as a consultant for a company that accredits hospitals, spending time with my grandson, and trying to clean out 40 years of accumulated “stuff” so I can sell this huge house and downsize. The real job keeps me in the air, going to hospitals to try and help them prepare for their accreditation surveys, and I have to admit, flying has lost any semblance of romance it may have had in the past. My last trip ended with a bus trip from a diversion airport and arrival home at 4 AM. Sleeping in my own bed has become a treat! In summary, life is pleasant but not exciting, which suits me fine. Would love to have any of the classmates visit anytime!
Kim Johnson-Smith: The strongest memories are that ours was the first class where jeans did NOT need to be covered by a trench or similar coat; where pants could be worn to class; where we weren’t allowed off campus for the first 6 weeks; where 3.2 beer was served at Tommy’s—NOT on campus; where this Chicago girl was transported to the middle of a dairy farm!; where illegal drugs were just starting to worm their way into college life; where cats/kittens were not allowed in the dorms but we had one anyway; where the Honor Code was alive and reasonably well; where one couldn’t have a car until Junior year IF one had a B+ average (talk about motivation); where the professors were excellent and helped us learn to analyze – not learn what to think; and where it was planned that the year after our graduation, men would be allowed beyond the smokers. (Still don’t think that was a good plan, but then, I’m looking at this through more conservative eyes.) Fast forward almost 45 years: I’ve gotten much more conservative and am a somewhat activist in that department; after several decades back in the big city, I am once again surrounded by farmland (lots of cows) and a slower pace of life (which I manage to live in fast forward time); where sludge and clothianidin and GMOs are among my top issues; where I am enjoying my 33rd year of maternity leave and still volunteering – as I have since the age of 16. I do scientific research for fun, took the Master Naturalist class (too old for climbing rock outcroppings, however), do anthrax drills and animal readiness programs for the Medical Reserve Corps, work on Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy and Healing Waters and general service to veterans through the American Legion Auxiliary; coordinate a food pick-up group for our local food bank through one of our grocery stores; am trying to learn “country skills” (sewing, knitting, art, and shooting), and a bunch more. During this span of 45 years, I have come to appreciate Sweet Briar so much more than I did when actually there. Hindsight has allowed me to see an environment where I could become who I was meant to be, to do whatever (within reason) I wanted to do, to be a life-long learner and doer. Some of those things encompass explorations that I would never have envisioned while in my twenties or thirties (or even fifties), but somehow they all fit and keep me stimulated. However, I must confess to still never being quite content, still always trying to “fix” whatever I think needs changing or modifying. And I still have my Political Philosophy text – which I actually use in some of my writings. Keeps things interesting!
Elizabeth Lewis: You and Ginny certainly have a thankless job trying to get people to send in news for the magazine. I always think my life is pretty boring and wouldn’t be of much interest, but I do enjoy reading the mundane (and occasionally exciting) details of my classmates’ lives, so here’s a synopsis of what I’ve been doing recently. David and I are both working a couple of days a week which allows us time to enjoy each other’s company and take advantage of the pleasures San Francisco offers such as biking in Golden Gate Park, seeing a museum show or a movie matinee, etc. Last spring we traveled along the Silk Road through Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, stopping in Seoul, Korea for a few days en route. One of our hobbies is collecting textiles and rugs, and the trip gave us many opportunities to expand our collection. Next January we’re going to Myanmar (Burma). Son Matt, age 28, is co-founder of an online clothing business betabrand.com which is sort of a fusion of social networking and retail. He lives close enough to drop by for an occasional meal, do laundry, or borrow the car. I’m planning on attending the reunion next spring and want to see many of you there.
Mary Mahan Marco: You are so right—I was much more inclined to send in those little postcards than I have been to sit down and compose an email. Maybe it’s because I deal with so much email in my job. My husband, Bob, and I are in Maui, part of a two week 35th wedding anniversary trip, and normally you wouldn’t be hearing from me right now but it seems that tropical storm Flossie has decided that I should take a break from the beach and contribute what news I know. One item of interest for those of us in the class that were math majors is that I recently was in contact with Phillip Kannan. Mr. Kannan was a terrific instructor who had a gift for developing math intellects in ways that didn’t seem possible. Without his courses, I’m certain I would never have completed graduate school. He taught the first computer programming class, Fortran, at SBC and provided many of us with our first computer experience, which included punching those 80 column cards in the basement of Boxwood. Mr. Kannan left SBC after four years (I think) and went to the University of Tennessee to teach math and computer science. While at UT, he got a law degree and spent the next 30 years specializing in environmental law. He has been teaching in the environmental program at Colorado College for 13 years. He seemed delighted that I had taken the time to search him out and to thank him for being such an influential teacher during my academic career. Much to my amazement, he remembered not only who I was but details about my time in his classes and my family. We both commented on how the time spent at Sweet Briar seemed to be sharp and clear in our memories. If anyone else would like to contact Professor Kannan, his email is PKannan@ColoradoCollege.com. I also had a wonderful surprise encounter with Midge Yearley. Two years ago, Bob & I discovered Lewes, DE. It was just the kind of small, historic beach town that we both love and we built a second home there in 2011. While in one of the historical society houses, I met Midge. She is very active with the historical society and now lives in Lewes permanently. We had a great lunch together and she promised to introduce me to Lewes activities once I retire and Bob and I are living in Lewes full-time. You may already have heard from Sue Roessel Gibson or Phyllis Girard but, in case they haven’t written, the three of us do get together on a regular basis. Sue is now completely retired from teaching and is enjoying lots of different new things. She and her husband, Gene, are going on a cruise with us in January. Phyllis plans to teach for one more year and is spending the summer at her house in Nova Scotia. As for me, I plan to retire in August of 2014. I have loved teaching math at Bucks County Community College for 27 years but we now have two new little grandbabies; David, almost two, and Monica, four months old. We need more free time to visit them in Wilmington, DE, as well as our other sons: Todd and his wife Megan in Chicago, and John in Boston. Looking forward to the class reunion.
Liz Medaglia: Two pieces of news. Over a lovely weekend in late July ’13, Peggy Davis Molander (and husband Erik), Jan Sheets Jones (and husband Jimmy) and I (and husband Joe Sinnott) gathered for a mini-reunion at Jan and Jimmy’s beautiful vacation home in Narragansett, RI. We ate, drank, and talked about the past, and the future. Last winter, Patsy Parkinson Riley and I connected during our Viennese Waltz class. We recognized each other immediately, though we’d not seen each other since graduation. Guess it’s true that SBC women don’t age. I plan to be at reunion next May.
Frere Murchison Gornto: Thanks for the reminder, Crawford; I admit to being slack about providing news. But, I actually have some this time :). After nearly 40 years of hose and high heels every day, I retired July 31st and have been enjoying going barefoot or flip flops at the most for the past month! And, my husband is retiring the end of August so now we’ll be able to visit children and grandchildren and travel whenever we want and not restricted by board meetings, events, etc. As advised by a friend who is a retirement counselor, I am not making any major commitments in terms of boards, etc. for at least 6 months (though i am going to do some hands-on volunteering with a local nonprofit and continue serving on the Habitat Advisory Council) and I’m not going to do any fundraising in the community for a good while (I want to be fair to the university and all the knowledge and relationships i developed there); but, how could I resist Ginny Perdue’s request to chair our Reunion gift committee for our deal alma mater! So, fair warning to the Fat City Class of ’69: Please be generous when we contact your for your support and a generous Reunion gift. ‘Tis hard to believe that we’ll be celebrating our 45th reunion next spring—how can that be when we’re all still so active and ‘young’?!? Can’t wait to see you and many others next May.
Mary Nelson Wade: I was at SBC for 2 years and departed with others to UNC. Still live in Nashville. Enjoy boating on The Cumberland, our farm in Franklin, and condo in Ponte Vedra FL. Ginny is the best at keeping great groups in touch!!
Lyn Oakes Miller: Hello from Los Angeles. The good news here is that our daughter is getting married in November ‘13 in Big Sur. Yeah, first child to wed! I still work for USC in HR. Am looking forward to hearing from the others.
Haden Ridley Winborne: My biggest news is that one of my identical twins, Annie, had identical twins in Jan. ’13. (I am too old for this stuff.) I have taken a leave from my docenting duties at the High Museum in Atlanta to take on grandparenting duties. The little girls came very early and are now healthy and growing by leaps and bounds. The not- yet 2 year old brother was in shock, and I was a big part of his childcare for months before, and continued after the twins’ arrival. I am so glad that Annie and her lawyer husband moved here from NYC, via DC. My Lizzie lives in NYC ( one of my favorite places to visit) with her doctor husband and daughters (9 and 5½) who go to PS 87, William T. Sherman Elementary School. Is this fair for a Southern girls’ children? Family pretty much dominates my life at this point and John has moved his law practice home. At some time in the near future, hopefully, he will be set up in the basement and off the dining room table !! He is a huge help with all the little children. I needlepoint and read to relax. In the fall, we will go to another of John’s Naval OCS reunions. A very interesting group of men from all around the country and their wives, who have bonded over our reading and formed our own little bookgroup! I keep up and visit with Ginny Perdue regularly. She helps keep me sane and we still giggle and laugh like silly college freshmen. I try to keep up with Kay Giddens Glenday, who is always so interesting. A lovely visit last summer in Point Clear, AL with Kay and Ian. We would love to have an Atlanta gathering of SBCers in the near-ish future. I also see JP Powell and Lucile McKee Clarkson, whose interior design skills are so valuable. Ginny and I spent a wonderful long weekend in San Diego with Less Guthrie Keller and Mary Wade Nelson at Less’s. Talked so much I came home with very little voice left! Two summers ago, Less and Ginny and I had a very moving and powerful visit with Mabry Chambliss DeBuys in Seattle right before she died of a terrible brain cancer. The tangible love was a blessing to us all as we “said goodbye” to a really brilliant lawyer and special friend. I am looking forward to our next reunion and an escape from my life!
Maureen Robertson Baggett: I was just sitting on the beach reading 1968 The YEAR that ROCKED the WORLD, when I got your email about whether the dress code had relaxed when we were undergrads and whether we drank 3.2 beer. It really struck my funny bone because I had been thinking how sheltered we all were before that year. Those of us who went to France experienced the taking over of the Latin Quarter by the students and the drama of a city closed down by people of our age. We could never really go back from that. It was hard to come home and settle into the expectations of our parents and professors. Maybe that is why in our senior year at Sweet Briar some of us were openly “marching to our own drummer” while others of us were just simmering and waiting for our moment. My high school sweetheart and I are relishing retired life in State College, Pa. where we have the joy of living minutes from children and grandchildren. Our days are filled with classes, friends, and family.
Keithley Rose Miller: I’m still in Palm Beach working in interior design for Kemble Interiors. I have been truly busy in the past few years doing residential as well as commercial projects (Clubs). I had a great Christmas-in-July trip with my kids to London and Paris. I hosted a dinner party in London for 30 of my old Hong Kong friends (ex-husband included)!!! I’m on my way to NY tomorrow for a last gasp of vacation before serious work and installations begin. I’m having my annual dinner with Belle Quesenberry McIntyre Sunday night. We have always stayed in touch, and LOVE to reminisce about the old days in House 1 and House 2! My son, Gib (35) is still in LA, working in the media business, and so is Tory (32), who now lives in Delray and works for ION Media Television. Nice to have her close. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of Cathy Hall Stopher for the winter so that we can have our lunch visits!
Jean Rushin Brown: Jonathan is adjusting to retirement and very involved with his organic gardening. We have beautiful flowers and the best vegetables. We’re sharing them with all the neighbors. He is also continuing to teach classes on the subject of organic gardening & the iPad at various senior centers and local community college. Exciting news: our son Rob became engaged in Jan. ’13 to Julia Strong. They went to high school together but didn’t start dating until a few years ago when both were living in London. They’re both back in NYC now. He’s at Deutsche Bank and she is with J.P. MorganChase. Wedding is 2014.
After 41 years Sue Scanlan will be calling it a career in Dec. She’s retiring as head of both the National Council of Women’s Organizations (240 progressive women’s groups / 12 million members) and the Women’s Research and Education Institute (data / analysis arm for all women members of the U.S. Congress. “I thought I’d ease my way out the door, but 2013 has been gridlocked with speeches and travel. In February I toured Israel and Palestine as part of the Progressive Women Leaders’ Mission to the Holy Land. Met so many kick-ass feminists. Protested with Women at the (Wailing) Wall, where the prayer I left read, ‘Dear Lord, please pass the ERA.’ In June, I keynoted the Uzbekistan Women’s Commission’s first convention. Tashkent reminded me so much of D.C. Not just the monumental boulevards and buildings, but the infinite variety of faces. Traders have been moving their goods and their genes up and down the Silk Road for millennia. So citizens ranged from tall Slavs with blonde hair and high cheek-bones to burly dark-eyed Arabs to tiny Asians to every combination thereof. I want classmates to know that I said ‘Neigh!’ to the horsemeat hors d’oeuvres served at the banquet in my honor. In October, the State Department [will be] sending me for a 5 day speaking tour of Swaziland. I’ve gotten my HepA and Yellow Fever shots. Typhoid and Malaria pills come next. Look forward to seeing aardvarks and the usual cast of jungle creatures, if not the indigenous Puff Adder and Black Mamba snakes. Retirement will include board memberships with the National Women’s History Museum (finding a place on the National Mall to capture women’s contributions to the nation), the Kahn Family Charitable Foundation, and — most important! — Sweet Briar College. Every time I pack a suitcase, Jared tells friends I’m off on ‘another Have Outrage/Will Travel’ tour. See you at reunion in 2014.”
Jan Sheets Jones: It was fun to read Frances Kirven’s story and see what career path a fellow math major has followed. I can tell you that SBC did serve 3.2 beer by our senior year because the priest who was to marry Jimmy and me after graduation in 1969 came to visit campus unexpectedly one beautiful spring day and we went down to Boxwood Inn because they had started serving beer. He was very gracious but I do not think 3.2 beer was exactly a big treat for someone well over 21. I also remember easing of the dress code but must admit it did not affect me personally as I had worn a uniform in high school so did not have a wardrobe of jeans. Mostly I remember Villager outfits. My biggest news this year is that it will be Jimmy’s and my last year at Trinity College, Hartford, CT. He will step down after a decade as president. I am not sure that one can exactly call it retirement as I am sure he will continue to teach but this will allow us to return to the south. Next summer we will move back to Atlanta, GA which is where we started married life in 1969. Our three children are all happily married and have children of their own and, at least as I write this, they all live in the south (Atlanta, Nashville, and Charlottesville). It will be wonderful to be closer to our 5 grandchildren.
Ginny Stanford Perdue is happily enjoying her life with her husband, children and 4 grandchildren all close by. She could only be happier if #1: you would email her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have not been receiving emails from her so she can include you in future mailings; #2: if you’re on Facebook you “like” our Facebook page, Sweet Briar College Class of 1969; #3: you show up at our 45th Reunion, May 30th thru June 1st, 2014.
Pamela Tipton Newton: Just trying to recover from a dreadful fall I took on our back deck in July. I not only dislocated my shoulder but broke it close to the rotator cuff. Spent four hours in the emergency room. The fall was so bad that they were afraid I had a concussion but after doing the proper brain tests they assured me the brain “is fine”. That’s a relief! So now I spend my life going to physical therapy and praying that I won’t have to have rotator cuff surgery. I welcome all of your prayers! [Update: As of mid-Sept., Pamela was making progress with her PT and thinking she might be spared the need for surgery.]
Ann Tremain Lee: For some reason, I did respond more faithfully when we received the postcard. Life is very good for me. Am enjoying the benefits of Medicare and life slowing down (in some areas) which I am happy is happening! I keep my 19 month old granddaughter 2 days a week so “slow down” looks different. I’m home more, but on the move! She is darling and a joy to be with. I had a wonderful time catching up with Joan Adriance Mickelson and Melville Douglas Krebs in June. Joan was in Virginia visiting a daughter and we three met at a restaurant in Richmond. We definitely hope to get together again and continue the conversation!
Also saw 2 SBC classmates at Saint’s 45th U.Va. reunion: Carol Moseley Tash and Stephanie Piper (from Knoxville) so June was a red-letter Sweet Briar month for me! We will be going to the beach with the whole family in Aug. ’13. Nags Head is our favorite spot right now. Maria will head East for her 3-week East coast “fix” and bring with her her 2 daughters, Sterling (11) and Kendall (9). Joining us for beach week will be Maria’s husband; daughter Cameron and her “friend”; and daughter Allie, her husband, and Larkin (the 19 mo. old). They live in Newport News so we get to see them often. Saint is working part-time and playing a lot of golf. I still love walking, tennis, and yoga. I volunteer at a domestic violence shelter twice a month which I find very fulfilling and eye-opening. My yard feels bigger every year! I talk condo life, but won’t get Saint away from this spot on the James River for quite awhile!
AtLee Walker: I’m not doing much these days. We moved back to DC from very rural VA in 2008 (health issues with my husband) and since then I’ve been unable to get back into the rhythm of my art work. I had been making fabric sculptures, wearable art, and beaded jewelry while in VA, and had been showing and selling my work in a couple of galleries. I’m still farbling a bit with my artwork, though I haven’t yet found a gallery here to sell my stuff. I do spend quite a bit of time as a “nursemaid” to my husband. But I belong to an online “community” that keeps me going, and I have a daughter and two grandchildren in Baltimore, so there are frequent trips for that. Last summer, I took my daughter and her family to Estes Park, CO for a Walker Family Reunion and that was awesome. My daughter turns 40 this year which seems like QUITE the big deal! I mean, can I be old enough to have a 40-year-old child??? As for the questions of campus rules…. I do remember that we couldn’t wear pants/slacks/jeans of any kind on “front campus,” but we could wear them on “back campus.” I’m not sure I could even remember where “front” and “back” campuses are today! I look forward to reading about all my classmates!
Maria Ward Estefania: I just returned from 10 days in Marco Island, FL in my condo there, savoring time with family, white sands, and lovely Gulf water, and did not attempt a reply without my full, non-virtual keyboard. I am still loving retirement, having taken the big plunge almost 3 years ago, and now have time to indulge my fantasies of travel, learning Spanish, and volunteering without time constraints. I see or talk to Kay Giddens Glenday often, which is an enormous treat, as well as Marcy Fisher, who attended SBC a few years ahead of us and whose SBC links I have just discovered. Last September, I went on a 4 week cultural immersion trip to Ecuador. It included 4 hours of private Spanish instruction daily, and was great fun. I now chatter more freely but no more grammatically, I am afraid. Another trip is needed for my grammar apparently, having had only French at SBC. In March, I spent a week in Aruba with my stepson Ray and his family, including 4 year old Ava, who is of course too adorable for words. “Grandma Maria” she calls me. Ray is the founder and clinical director of Family Recovery Specialists, an outpatient treatment program in Miami for adolescents and families with addiction problems. He also has a national intervention practice helping adolescents and adults find appropriate addiction treatment. Volunteer-wise, I take over in October ‘13 as president of a preschool for infants and toddlers of homeless families here in DC (Bright Beginnings). This is a big job right now as we are in the midst of expanding to double the number of children we can accommodate. We have a long waiting list (270), and are much needed here in DC as we are the only place that concentrates on preparing the full child for kindergarten, i.e. providing needed therapy and skill catch-up for these little ones who spend their nights in homeless shelters. Other things keeping me busy are year 3 of the Episcopal Church’s 4 year adult education course EFM (Education for Ministry) and continuing to serve as Parliamentarian (and resident institutional memory provider) for the Board of Directors of the Junior League of Washington.
As for Nancy Crawford Bent—Our son, Charles, was married in July at the golf club in Marion, MA where Peter’s father was a member for many years and where Peter’s mother used to take Adele and Charles on “bunny hunts” on summer evenings. It was a joyful celebration in a place that holds a lot of memories for our family, and having Dina Moser McGuinn and Ronde Kneip Bradley there certainly added to our happiness. The only downside was seeing the photos and realizing that I look my age. Horrifying! Ridgely Fuller couldn’t be there because she was in the midst of moving from Waltham, MA to a new co-housing community in Belfast, ME. I’m still playing secretary at our local elementary school and fantasizing about retirement. Aside from our 2 rescue dogs and Peter (in that order?), my main focus outside of work is reading. Cathy Hall Stopher and I exchange book titles and I belong to a reading group where we choose books by topic rather than by title, e.g. this month our topic is “gothic novels” and I am torn between (or is it “among”?) Northanger Abbey, Dracula, and The Historian. I keep putting off the choice because I am engrossed in my first go-round with War and Peace, a long-anticipated treat. Peter has retired and is now cleaning and repairing cellos (leaving anything more than basic fix-ups to the luthiers in the shop) and, when at home, expanding his baking and cooking repertoire.
I send a “Thank you” to everyone who sent in news, and a plea to the rest of you to be in touch. Most important, save the weekend of May 30-June 1, 2014, for our 45th reunion.